If you do not receive enough vitamin D, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of health problems including heart disease, dementia and cancer.
Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is manufactured by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in certain foods such as fortified milk and cereal, canned tuna fish and egg yolks.
“Studies have shown that elderly Americans who were vitamin D deficient were twice as likely to develop dementia as those who received adequate vitamin D,” says Stephen Nagy, MD, internal medicine physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Other studies have shown that a lack of vitamin D can cause heart disease.”
Talk to your doctor about adding vitamin D supplements to your diet. “This is especially important in the winter months when there is less sun,” says Nagy.
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