Vitamin D – Gotta Have It!

20 11 2009

High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Kids with low levels of vitamin D may be at risk for some or all of these health problems. If not now, then as they get into their 20s and 30s. In case you were thinking this doesn’t apply to your children, you might want to reconsider: 70% of kids in the U.S. do not get enough vitamin D.

Why is this? Scientists tell us that spending 10 or 15 minutes in the sun without using sunscreen lets the body make the amount needed.  And vitamin D, which helps bones absorb calcium that makes them stronger, can also be found in milk and in multivitamins.

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about the amount of sun, supplements, and milk your child should receive each day to achieve and maintain healthy levels of vitamin D.

Ask your provider about your vitamin D levels and what you can do to improve them.  Parents sometimes forget that they need to be taken care of, too.

Check out AAP’s article on vitamin D deficiency for more info.