Vitamin D

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Last Updated: 01 May 2022
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Vitamin D is needed to sustain healthy bone development and to avoid rickets, a problem that causes weak or flawed bones. Vitamin D deficiency rickets among breastfed infants is unusual, but it can occur if a baby does not obtain additional vitamin D from foods, a vitamin D supplement, or sufficient exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D helps your body take in calcium. You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet regimen, and from supplements. Nevertheless, way too much sunlight exposure can lead to skin aging and skin cancer. Some other foods, like milk and grain, frequently have included vitamin D. You can also take vitamin D supplements. People who may require added vitamin D include: Older adults; Breastfed babies; People with dark skin; People with certain problems, such as liver diseases, cystic fibrosis and Crohn's disease; People who have excessive weight or have had gastric coronary bypass. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone defects such as rickets in children, and bone pain brought on by a problem called osteomalacia in adults. From about late March/early April throughout of September, many people must be able to make all the vitamin D they require from sunshine. Vitamin D is found in a small number of foods. 1 microgram of vitamin D is equivalent to 40 IU.

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