Anyone who hears me talk about health and nutrition knows I am a part of the Vitamin D Revolution. Vitamin D is used by the body for a host of health systems including your bones, muscles, heart, immune function, and more. That’s why they call it an “essential” vitamin!
And unfortunately, too many people are not getting enough Vitamin D. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the overall rate of Vitamin D deficiency is over 41% for all adults, with that rate jumping to an alarming 82% for African-Americans and 69% for Hispanics (darker skin has a decreased ability to produce Vitamin D from sun exposure — more on that later) .1,2
That’s why I typically include a Vitamin D level test in my patients’ blood work. And I recommend that if your doctor is not doing so already, that you ask it to be added to yours.