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Vitamin D has made a name for itself in the last few years and is getting more attention. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency to a number of health issues, including certain cancers, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, reduced immune function and rickets in children.
“Certain factors may limit some individuals’ ability to obtain vitamin D through sunshine absorption, including seasonal conditions and use of sunblock,” said Gay Bonilla, RD, CNSD, an advanced practitioner and dietitian at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
“Individuals with lighter skin are able to absorb vitamin D more easily and quickly through sun exposure compared to darker-skinned individuals. In addition, vitamin D from food or supplements may be difficult to absorb due to malabsorptive conditions, such as Crohn's, celiac disease or gastric bypass.”
Bonilla provides the following tips for receiving the daily requirement of vitamin D:
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To learn more about Sharp's nutrition services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about nutrition, read the Nutrition News archive.