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11 scary things that could happen if you don't get enough vitamin D

INSIDER Logo By Ann Schmidt of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 12: 
  
    
      Vitamin
    D, which is actually a hormone, is created in your body
    when your skin is exposed to the sun.
  
  
    Without the proper amounts of vitamin D, you could be
    at risk for all kinds of health problems, including heart
    conditions and weakened bones.
  
  
    Children who have vitamin D deficiencies are also at
    higher risks of developing rickets.
  

  With fewer daylight hours and
  colder temperatures, it can be challenging to get enough vitamin
  D during the winter months.

  Without the proper amounts of
  vitamin D, however, you could be at risk for all kinds of health
  problems, including heart conditions and weakened bones. Children
  who have vitamin D deficiencies are also at higher risks of
  developing rickets.

  Vitamin D, which is actually a
  hormone, is created in your body when your skin is exposed to the
  sun. 
  It helps your body absorb
  calcium and sustain
  normal amounts of phosphorous. There are some supplements and
  foods, such as fatty fish, that also help your body produce
  vitamin D, but the best way to get enough vitamin D is from the
  sun.

  According to the 
  Mayo
  Clinic, the
  recommended amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU)
  for children up to 12 months, 600 IU for people from 1-70 years
  old, and 800 IU for people over 70 years old. However,
  more may be necessary for healthy adults, according to a 2008
  study.

  In the US, up to 41.6% of the
  adult population has a vitamin D deficiency, which correlates
  with several chronic diseases, according to a 2010 study.

  A vitamin D deficiency, as
  defined by the study, is if someone has less than 20 nanograms
  per milliliter (ng/mL) in their blood. In order to have
  sufficient levels of vitamin D again, people in the study needed
  to take 5,000 IU to reach above 30 ng/mL, according to
  
  Healthline.

  Read on to find out some of the
  scary things that could happen to you if you become vitamin D
  deficient.

  • Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, is created in your body when your skin is exposed to the sun.
  • Without the proper amounts of vitamin D, you could be at risk for all kinds of health problems, including heart conditions and weakened bones.
  • Children who have vitamin D deficiencies are also at higher risks of developing rickets.

With fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures, it can be challenging to get enough vitamin D during the winter months.

Without the proper amounts of vitamin D, however, you could be at risk for all kinds of health problems, including heart conditions and weakened bones. Children who have vitamin D deficiencies are also at higher risks of developing rickets.

Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, is created in your body when your skin is exposed to the sun. It helps your body absorb calcium and sustain normal amounts of phosphorous. There are some supplements and foods, such as fatty fish, that also help your body produce vitamin D, but the best way to get enough vitamin D is from the sun.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the recommended amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to 12 months, 600 IU for people from 1-70 years old, and 800 IU for people over 70 years old. However, more may be necessary for healthy adults, according to a 2008 study.

In the U.S., up to 41.6% of the adult population has a vitamin D deficiency, which correlates with several chronic diseases, according to a 2010 study.

A vitamin D deficiency, as defined by the study, is if someone has less than 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) in their blood. In order to have sufficient levels of vitamin D again, people in the study needed to take 5,000 IU to reach above 30 ng/mL, according to Healthline.

Read on to find out some of the scary things that could happen to you if you become vitamin D deficient.

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