What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency is a condition in which a person has low levels of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to poor bone health.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has many important jobs in the body. Its most important job is to help the body absorb calcium from the food we eat.

How Do You Get Vitamin D?

You can get vitamin D by spending time in the sun. Your body makes vitamin D in the skin when it is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light.

You can also get vitamin D from certain foods. Fatty fish (like salmon and sardines) are naturally high in vitamin D. Certain foods such as most dairy products, some cereals, and some non-dairy milks have vitamin D added to them.

Vitamin D supplements are another way to get vitamin D.

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