Vitamin D: Should “D” Stand for Deficiency?

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How much vitamin D do we need to maintain health? This is not an easy question to answer because a debate exists in the scientific evidence about the recommended daily intake. Not long ago, vitamin D was primarily viewed as a nutrient needed for bone health. In recent years, countless studies have suggested it plays a role in a multitude of other chronic conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular, and autoimmune diseases. In addition, a growing number of people have been identified as vitamin D deficient. This module presents the latest evidence for intake levels higher than the dietary reference intake, risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, and ways to treat a deficiency with supplementation.

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How much vitamin D do we need to maintain health? This is not an easy question to answer because a debate exists in the scientific evidence about the recommended daily intake. Not long ago, vitamin D was primarily viewed as a nutrient needed for bone health. In recent years, countless studies have suggested it plays a role in a multitude of other chronic conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular, and autoimmune diseases. In addition, a growing number of people have been identified as vitamin D deficient. This module presents the latest evidence for intake levels higher than the dietary reference intake, risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, and ways to treat a deficiency with supplementation.

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