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The Buzz about Vitamin D Deficiency and Treatment

The Buzz about Vitamin D Deficiency and Treatment

Jamie Young, personal trainer Fitness Together Overland Park

Vitamin D
There is much buzz lately about Vitamin D deficiency and treatment.  Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is produced in the body only when the skin is exposed to direct sunlight.  It works with other vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium to do it's job.  It promotes absorption of calcium and in turn will strengthen bones and help prevent osteoporosis.  

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency such as generalized body fatigue and muscle weakness and aches can be overlooked as the flu. However, your physician can perform a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels.
 
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to the following ailments: 
Cardiovascular disease
Diabetes
Cancer
Cognitive disorders in older adults
Asthma in children
Skeletal disorders
High blood pressure
 
Sources of Vitamin D include:
Fortified dairy products
Fortified whole grains
Canned tuna (in water)
Sardines
Beef liver
Egg yolks

20-25 minutes of direct sunlight daily...that means get outside and take in some rays