Healthier Me: Vitamin D deficiency

Published: Nov. 15, 2017 at 3:31 PM CST
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Drinking milk is a great source of Vitamin D, but it would take 20 cups a day to get your recommended dose.

There's a pretty good chance you're low on Vitamin D! According to research, 42 percent of U.A. adults don't get enough of the nutrient.

"It's silent, so you don't know that you don't have enough," says Sanford Dietitian Linda Bartholomay.

There are some people who are even more at risk: the elderly, overweight, and those with darker skin. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density as well as other serious conditions.

"People who are Vitamin D deficient are more likely to have autoimmune disease. It's a higher risk of developing autoimmune disease, like type one diabetes, MS, or some cancers," says Bartholomay.

What can you do to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D? Bartholomay says sunshine is the best way to get the right amount!

"You have to not be wearing sun screen. You have to be exposing large parts of you body, not just your face, so your legs and arms to get adequate amounts," says Bartholomay.

Our diet also plays a key role in our overall health. Foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are a great source of the nutrient.

"It's hard to get an adequate amount from food alone because you need probably around 2,000 IU of Vitamin D a day. Some people need even more than that," says Bartholomay.

Bartholomay says you should also add supplements to your diet to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.