Calcium Support from Vitamin D
Calcium, the bone mineral, does not work alone. It depends on vitamin D to efficiently maintain bone health. Without enough vitamin D, the body cannot absorb enough calcium to meet its needs, so it begins to break down bone in order to access calcium stores. This leads to bone disorders such as osteoporosis.
Are You at Risk for Deficiency? The body synthesizes vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure, but this is not enough to meet the bodys requirements. Studies have found that large portions of the population are vitamin D deficient, especially in northern latitudes. While elderly people are most at risk, deficiency can be a problem in all age groups. Besides bone disorders, vitamin D insufficiency is linked to muscle weakness, PMS, and a poor immune system. Deficiencies are also associated with increased hypertension and auto-immune diseases.
Vitamin D Deficiency is Widespread Vitamin D deficiency is widespread across all population groups. Most physicians recognize that the elderly population is at risk, however it is less appreciated that children, young adults and middle age groups are also at risk.