Vitamin D deficiency is common in the US – particularly in Hispanic and Black people, those who are older, those who have high blood pressure or who have a body mass index higher than 30. Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D, but in the winter months, most people who live in cooler climates spend less and less time outdoors. Vitamin D does a lot of good things for your body – like improving bone health and overall strength, lowering your risk of developing cancer, and keeping symptoms of depression at bay.
If you have a vitamin D deficiency, talk to your doctor about whether you need a vitamin supplement. If you’re concerned, your doctor may run lab tests to know for sure. To find a physician in your area, visit chimemorialmedicalgroup.org. Same day and virtual care visits are available.