Women lose bone mass more rapidly than men?
Who’s most at risk for deficiency?
People who have limited sun exposure or people who have dark skin in areas with weaker sunlight are also at risk since their skin exposure may not be adequate to make enough vitamin D. Breastfed infants are most at risk for vitamin D deficiency because human milk can’t provide all the necessary vitamin D. Older adults are also at risk since the skin becomes less efficient at making vitamin D over time. They also often spend more time indoors.
(Dr. Oz informs us about the importance of vitamins that our bodies need to function properly.)
How can I get vitamin D?
Sun exposure is the main way to get vitamin D, although it’s now often added to cow’s milk, soy milk and orange juice. Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel also contain vitamin D as do beef liver, cheese and eggs, although in much smaller amounts. When it comes to sun exposure, most people only need five to 30 minutes of exposure to the sun twice a week. This can be on the face, arms, back or legs. Beyond that amount, sunscreen should be used to avoid the harmful effects of too much UV exposure. Tanning beds shouldn’t be used to get more vitamin D.
“If you are over weight or dark skin you need vitamin D.”
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