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Could I Be Low in Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is vital to good health. Find out ways to know that you don’t get enough.

2/20/2021 1:00:00 PM

Your body uses vitamin D to absorb minerals like calcium and phosphorus, and support your muscles, nerves, and immune system. But a lot of us may not be getting enough. Know the warning signs:

Vitamin D is vital to good health. Find out ways to know that you don’t get enough.

14There often isn’t enough vitamin D in breast milk to keep infants healthy unless the mother takes a supplement. Rickets happens most often in breastfed children. African American mothers, in particular, tend to start with less vitamin D in their blood. Experts say breastfeeding infants need an extra 400 IU of vitamin D per day.

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Swipe to advanceAt Risk: People With Bowel Problems10/14Your body needs fat to use vitamin D. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other conditions that affect your gut -- like celiac disease and cystic fibrosis -- make it harder for you to absorb this fat. That can mean you need more vitamin D to keep your levels up. Supplements seem to help.

Swipe to advanceAt Risk: People With Gastric Bypass11/14It’s a type of surgery that removes part of the stomach or intestines (sometimes both) so that you feel fuller faster and eat fewer calories. After the surgery, it’s harder to absorb some nutrients including vitamin B12, copper, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D. Your doctor will probably track your levels and suggest daily vitamin supplements to keep your levels healthy. headtopics.com

Swipe to advanceAt Risk: People Who Are Obese12/14If you have a BMI of 30 or more (meaning you are obese), your vitamin D levels are more likely to be lower than someone who isn't obese. It’s not that your skin makes less vitamin D, it’s that the extra fat under your skin keeps more of it and changes the way it goes into your blood. Diet, lifestyle changes, and supplements can help.

Swipe to advanceKeep Tabs on Your Vitamin D13/14A simple blood test can let you know your vitamin D level. Consider a test if you’re homebound, blocked off from sunlight, or have signs of low vitamin D like bone pain, muscle pain, or a condition like osteoporosis.

If you think your levels are low, don’t overdo supplements to make up the difference. Too much can be harmful. Read more: WebMD »

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