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article imageIndoor lifestyles and fear of sun causing Vitamin D deficiency

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 11, 2010 in Health
A lack of sun is resulting in dangerously low levels of Vitamin D, according to a new study. Sometimes the deficiency is serious enough to be life-threatening.
Emergency departments are dealing with emergency cases where infants are having seizures due to a lack of vitamin D, which is called the sunshine vitamin because the body produces it when exposed to sunlight. One baby was left with brain damage.
Colin Michie, a co-author of the study and a paediatrician, was quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “This is a totally avoidable condition which is now a public health issue. It's affecting middle-class children because they're overprotecting with sunscreen and not going out as much. SPF is also increasingly in cosmetics used by young women.
“The more dramatic cases tend to be in people who wear traditional clothing and so are covered up.”
The report, in the London Journal of Primary Care, warned that vitamin D deficiency is widespread. The vitamin is necessary for healthy bones and teeth.
Children now spend large amounts of time watching television, on computers, and playing game systems instead of taking part in outdoor activities.
Many people have been avoiding the sun due to fears over skin cancer. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that, after years of keeping the sun off of her skin, she learned she had very low vitamin D levels.
A WebMD article stated that vitamin D deficiency is linked to breathing problems and supplementation may improve asthma control.
Food sources of the vitamin include eggs, dairy products and oily fish.
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