Lack of vitamin D can raise your risk for bone fractures, heart disease, diabetes and depression. A recent study on vitamin D deficiency shows that after five years of taking the supplement, participants did not see their risks for cancer or cardiovascular diseases lowered in any significant way.
Other studies showed that regular use of the supplement failed to build bone mass or prevent fractures in older American who are at greatest risk for osteoporosis.
Low vitamin D is common in aging adults because they spend less time out in the sun. But, the vitamin can be found in food sources like egg yolks, canned tuna, orange juice, fortified cereals and milk.
The best way to know whether or not an OTC vitamin D supplement or one that is given by prescription is right for you is to talk with your doctor.
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