Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D is important for healthy growth of bones, teeth and muscle. It helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body. Insufficient vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children and bone pain caused by osteomalacia in adults.
People with insufficient exposure to light and darker skin are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. Others at greater risk include those with nutritional deficiency, certain comorbidities eg malabsorption syndrome and certain drugs eg corticosteroids.
To prevent vitamin D deficiency, all adults in the UK should take a daily supplement containing 400 international units of vitamin throughout the year including the winter months .
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