“Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth and bones and helps regulate calcium levels in the body. The consequences of Vitamin D deficiency are cardiomyopathy (a condition which affects the heart muscle), osteomalacia in adults which may present as bone pain, poor growth and rickets in children, and seizures in infants. There is some evidence to suggest that Vitamin D may protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes but this is currently inconclusive.”
Are you at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?
• Pregnant and breast feeding women
• Infants and adolescents
• Those with reduced sun exposure - countries in the northern latitude including the UK winter season
• Those with darker skin as they need more sunshine to make Vitamin D.
• If you wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
• People with limited diets including vegetarians and vegans