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.