According to one study, nearly 75 percent of all U.S. adults don’t get enough calcium in their diets. This is bad news because Vitamin D deficiency is linked with health concerns like increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Vitamin D is mainly known for helping your body absorb Calcium, but there are other essential nutrients it helps your body to process like magnesium and phosphorous .
Magnesium has been linked to more than 600 bodily functions like converting food into energy, creating new proteins from amino acids, creating and repairing DNA and RNA, helping with contraction and relaxation of muscles, and helping to regulate your nervous system.
The health benefits of phosphorus include healthy bone formation, improved digestion, regulated excretion, hormonal balance, improved energy extraction, and better nutrient absorption in the body.
According to Prevention.com, there are 10 groups of people who are prone to Vitamin D deficiency. Do you belong to any of them? They include:
- Adults Over 55. As we age, we may become less mobile, meaning we may get less Vitamin D from being outdoors. In addition, one study in Canada found aging skin cannot synthesize vitamin D as efficiently. In fact, according to the report, about 50% of older American adults with hip fractures were found to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood.
- Vegans and Vegetarians. Vitamin D most naturally occurs in animal products like wild salmon and egg yolks, and food products that are generally fortified with the nutrient are dairy-based, like milk and yogurt. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you may not be getting enough Vitamin D.
- People with a High Percentage of Body Fat. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it may be more challenging for vitamin D to circulate throughout your body. One way to know whether you have a higher percentage of body fat is to calculate your Body Mass Index, or BMI. The NIH offers a free online tool to help you learn more.
If you belong to any of these groups, there’s no need to worry – but it’s important to take action to help ensure you’re getting the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D.