VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Vitamin D keeps your bones, muscles and immune system functioning well, but many people aren’t getting enough Vitamin D to stay healthy.
WHAT CAUSES VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
There are many factors. Vitamin D deficiency is very common; half of the people in the United States are affected. It is common even in sunny states, such as Florida, possibly because people are staying indoors more, and when they are outside, they are covered up in clothes or sunscreens that prevent the skin from making adequate amounts of vitamin D. Those who are not getting sufficient sunlight exposure are at higher risk.
With the exception of fatty fish, the Vitamin D content of most foods, including fortified dairy products, is relatively low to nonexistent. Not getting enough healthy sunlight can also contribute. Those with liver or kidney conditions usually don’t convert an adequate amount of Vitamin D. Also, certain prescription drugs can threaten the body’s ability to absorb this important substance.
COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Because Vitamin D is essential in Calcium absorption, those deficient in it may have compromised bone density. It’s not always apparent when you are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency, but it’s usually revealed through blood work at your physician’s office.