Vitamin D Importance

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which is created by sun exposure and is very important because it helps your body use the calcium and phosphorus from your food. It also regulates normal cellular differentiation thus preventing cancer and helps insulin secretion. Deficiency of vitamin D is related to ricets, a softening and weakening of the bones which can cause serious skeletal deformities. Other problems associated with a vitamin D deficiency symptoms are depression, chronic fatigue, weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis.

You can acquire vitamin D from 3 different sources:

1) Sunlight (15-20 minutes a day)

2) Food (fatty fishes, liver oil, beef live, cheese, fortified milk, and egg yolk)

3) Supplements (taken with calcium)

Really, the best form of attaining vitamin D it is through direct sunlight. Individuals only spending about fifteen minutes daily outdoors every day, exposing your hands and face to the light is all it takes. Be careful not to overexpose yourself to the sun because it increases the risks of skin cancer.

At PrimeMedical, patient education & advanced testing is our passion. If you think you may be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, call our office today for a preferred appointment.

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