6 Million Children Lacking Vitamin D

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A new health study is indicating that nearly six million US children aren’t getting enough Vitamin D.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says doctors began noticing a deficiency of Vitamin D in adults about two to three years ago and have recently noticed the problem in children.

"A lot of it has to do with we’re told to stay out of the sun so we don’t get skin cancer, but that’s how we make our Vitamin D, " says Whitacre.

Whitacre says the sun is our main source of Vitamin D, but you can still get it from certain food sources and from a Vitamin D supplement, but she says if you are deficient in Vitamin D, it can lead to some health problems, including ricketts and depression.

"We’re seeing osteoperosis in teenagers and young people, " says Whitacre.

Whitacre says the main way to test if you are deficient in Vitamin D is through a blood test.

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