By Dr Sebastian Renz MRCGP
Vitamin D plays an important part in keeping our bodies healthy. Its job is to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body which are critical in helping keep our bones and teeth healthy. Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight, which in the UK is often something we lack. It can also come from foods we eat, oily fish such as salmon and sardines contain a high concentration of vitamin D, as well as dairy products such as milk and cheese.
Recent studies have shown that up to 50% of the UK population is Vitamin D deficient at the end of the winter period, and with this has shown an increase in Rickets disease. Vitamin D deficiency can also result in Osteomalacia in both adults and children. This is where bones soften and become vulnerable to fractures, deformities and bone pain.
People most at risk:
Pregnant women who are breastfeeding, particularly teenagers and young women
People age 65+
People who have low exposure to sunlight
People who have darker skin (as their bodies are not able to make as much Vitamin D)
Preventing Vitamin D deficiency, especially in those winter months is as simple as taking vitamin D supplements. 10mcg of D3 supplements (400 IU) can be taken daily to prevent a deficiency within your body and promote healthy bone renewal.
Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or if you want to learn more about Vitamin D and bone health. Dr Sebastian Renz is a private GP at Richmond Practice, providing a wide range of GP services. To book an appointment visit us at: www.richmondpractice.co.uk or call us on 07807581459.The Importance of Vitamin D and bone health
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