Vitamin D Deficiency:  A Silent Epidemic among African Americans

Vitamin D Deficiency:  A Silent Epidemic among African Americans

February 21, 2013

Rita Umile

Vitamin D has been big news in Public Health recently, as research indicates that its role in the body extends far greater than simply ensuring bone health through the prevention of such diseases as rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

Studies also suggest that achieving and maintaining an adequate Vitamin D blood serum level, as determined by a 25(OH)D blood test, is essential to the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and type 1 diabetes.  Additionally, Vitamin D appears to play a protective role in cardiovascular health, various types of cancer, autism, depression, schizophrenia, and respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

It is no secret that the number of health conditions positively influenced by maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D seems to increase daily.
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