Summer Health Tips: Vitamin D
Nicole Talbot, D.O.
Primary Care Physician
Vitamin D is a vital part of a healthy life and plays an important role in protecting your bones. Your body requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium, which enables children to build strong bones and allows adults to keep bones dense.
People who are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency are those who spend most or all of their time indoors or have a medical condition that makes it hard for them to absorb Vitamin D, like celiac or Crohn’s disease. Or if you have a condition called osteoporosis, which makes bones weak.
As little as 10 minutes a day of sunlight exposure can prevent deficiency. And always remember to apply sunscreen.
Bear in mind, natural UV rays are good for Vitamin D, but exposure to tanning beds is not recommended because of the risk of skin cancer.
You can also get Vitamin D from foods such as milk or fatty fish.
If you feel you are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency, ask your doctor to do a simple blood test.