Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread: CDC

We don’t judge whether you have enough vitamin D just based on what you eat anymore.  In part that's because the sources of the vitamin are both sun exposure and diet.  They aren't the same every day and they really aren't the critical issue.

What is? Well, it's how much vitamin D is floating around in your body and is it making a difference on your bone mineralization and immune system.  The good news is that we can actually judge both.  We can objectively look at blood levels that tell us how much is in the bloodstream, and we can now look at scans of the back and various other bones to tell us how dense the bones are.

The Endocrine Society established that vitamin D deficiency exists when there are low blood levels (less than 20 nanograms per milliliter of the commonly measured 25-OH form of vitamin D).  Vitamin D sufficiency exists when those levels are greater than 30 (with an ideal level between 40 and 60), and vitamin D insufficiency exists in individuals with levels between 20 and 30, putting them at risk for osteoporosis even in young patients.  So bone density testing is then checked with a scan, and bone mineralization therapy may be started.

Using the Endocrine Society's definitions, the Centers for Disease Control released a report in 2011 that showed that deficiency is present in up to 11 % of 1-8 year-olds, In addition, 22 %  of older children and adolescents, and up to 28 % of adults, with the statistics even worse for dark-skinned youths, those who were overweight, and those living in the north.

Dr. Stan Cohen 21 March 2016

Dr. Stan Cohen is one of our founders and our CEO as well as the Chairman of our Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Stan is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. He is a Read More

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