The Breakdown on Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is a common issue among all populations around the globe, with some as high as one in two people. Let’s examine a couple key points in understanding vitamin D and its importance to your health.

What contributes to a vitamin D deficiency?

  • geography (north of 30 degrees latitude has a higher incidence)
  • lifestyle– some medications,  as well as alcohol and tobacco, have a negative impact on circulating the vitamin around the body

How can I prevent it?

  • Dietary vitamin D supplements are the cheapest and most efficient way to prevent
  • Daily exposure to sunlight (but please don’t forget sunscreen!)
  • eating certain foods high in vitamin D (such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, fortified milk, and egg yolk)

What are the dangers associated with vitamin D deficiency?

  • Vitamin D regulates calcium and bone metabolism. In short, it is vital to bone health.
  • Deficiency puts you at risk for cancer and diabetes.
  • Vitamin D deficiency associated with osteoporosis and tooth loss.
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