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Vitamin D – Are you getting enough?

Vitamin D – Are you getting enough?

Did you know that vitamin D is essential to keep bones strong and healthy? Or that when we don't get enough vitamin D, it can cause softening and weakening of our bones?

 

In children this can lead to rickets and in adults can cause to bone pain and tenderness. Some studies suggest a possible link between low vitamin D and some cancers, diabetes, heart disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

 

Nearly all of our vitamin D supply comes from the sunshine but, in climates such as ours, it can be very difficult to get enough vitamin D, especially in winter. Even a healthy balanced diet does not provide all the vitamin D needed by the body.

 

Spending short periods outdoors during the summer can help build up vitamin D supplies in the body, but remember to protect sensitive skins from direct sunshine.

 

People most at risk from vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Breast fed babies from 1 month old (if their mother did not take vitamin d supplements during pregnancy)
  • Children aged between 6 months and 5 years old
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Everyone aged over 65
  • People not exposed to much sunlight, either housebound for long periods of time or cultural reasons i.e. covering up of skin
  • People from ethnic minorities who have darker skin


Taking vitamin D supplements can be a great way to ensure you and your family get enough throughout the year. You can buy Healthy Start vitamins for adults and children cheaply at health clinics across Wirral or free in exchange for Healthy Start Vouchers.

 

Find out about NHS Healthy Start by visiting www.healthystart.nhs.uk or call 0845 601 6823.

 

For further information about whether you or your family would benefit from vitamin D supplements please contact your health visitor or GP.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:41

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