Vitamin D

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42% percent of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. Are you among them?

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient your body requires primarily to build strong bones and for overall good health. It helps your body absorb and maintain adequate levels of calcium and phosphate, which are both important for bone health.

We primarily get vitamin D from sunlight and proper nutrition. Certain foods contain vitamin D, like milk, fortified cereals, and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel.

About 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient with some populations having even higher levels of deficiency, including premenopausal women, those with poor nutrition habits, and people over age 65. Caucasians who avoid even minimal sun exposure, and those who take prescription medications long term for heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation.

Studies show people with darker skin, such as African Americans and Latinos, are also at risk for lower vitamin D levels because high amounts of melanin in skin reduces the body’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, certain chronic conditions can contribute to deficiency. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to mood swings, depression, lack of energy, chronic skin conditions, and other chronic diseases.

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7 Common Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Having dark skin
  • Being elderly
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Not eating fish or dairy
  • Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round
  • Always using sunscreen when going out
  • Staying indoor

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Getting sick or infected often
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Bone and back pain
  • Depression
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Bone loss
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain

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