Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the body’s absorption of calcium, contributing to bone health. Vitamin D research suggests that Vitamin D may contribute to the prevention of osteoporosis, hypertension, some forms of cancer, and particular autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D deficiency is increasing, and is thought to contribute to health problems such as osteomalacia.
The sun can be a major source of Vitamin D, as your body makes it during sun exposure. As little as 10 minutes of sun exposure a day can prevent Vitamin D deficiency. Some foods are also fortified with Vitamin D (milk), and other foods are a good source of natural Vitamin D (fish, eggs). Vitamin D supplements are also readily available.
Key Point 1
Vitamin D regulates cells, systems and organs in our body. Your body makes Vitamin D when exposed to sun, and you can also get it from some foods, and through supplements. Changes in our lifestyle and behavior have caused many people to become Vitamin D deficient.
Key Point 2
We are continuing to learn more about the impact of Vitamin D in health and disease prevention. Working with your doctor based on your individual health concerns related to Vitamin D levels is the key.
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There are a very large number of organizations dedicated to helping people with Vitamin D problems and their families and friends. This is only a partial list.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research and is known for its innovative approach to medical education.
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