Vitamin D Deficiency is Worse in Winter Months
Vitamin D deficiency is common problem in North America. According to a 2010 study in the Nutrition Journal, 42 percent of U.S. adults were deficient in Vitamin D, with the highest rates among African Americans and Hispanics. Only a small number of foods naturally contain vitamin D including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and cod liver oil, beef liver and egg yolks. Foods that are fortified with vitamin D are often inadequate to satisfy vitamin D requirements in children or adults.
The major source of vitamin D for most people is exposure to sunlight. Even in Arizona the reduced hours of sunlight in the winter months combined with more clothing coverage can make already prevalent existing vitamin D deficiencies worse. Vitamin D plays many roles in the body and deficiency has been linked to increased risk of common cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis and infectious diseases. So, it is important to make sure that you have optimal vitamin D levels. A simple lab test can be done to check your vitamin D level.
Schedule an appointment with your Naturopathic Doctor at Arizona Natural Medicine to get your vitamin D levels tested as a part of your comprehensive, whole body treatment plan.