The benefits of vitamin D may range from healthy bones and muscles to strong heart function. But do vitamin D deficiency diseases exist, too?
Many people are aware of the dangers of overexposure to the sun. Skin cancer is at the top of the list of those dangers, and while we need to educate ourselves and understand how to properly protect ourselves from damage, caused by too much time spent in direct contact with the sun, we can’t simply avoid it altogether.
Not getting enough sun has health risks associated with it too. That’s because when our bodies come in contact with sunlight, our skin translates it into a very important vitamin: vitamin D.
In turn, once our body has vitamin D, it becomes a hormone that plays an important role in our bone structure, immune system, and even our mental health. Although you can take supplements or have a more complete diet to increase your vitamin D levels, the best way is to spend some much needed time outside.
Some health officials estimate that 90 percent of Americans suffer from a vitamin D deficiency.
So, let’s look at what happens when you don’t get enough vitamin D.
1. High blood pressure
4. Rheumatoid arthritis
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