Rickets (Vitamin D Deficiency) Directory
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin produced when the body is exposed to sunlight. Food sources include fish, egg yolks, fish liver oils, and fortified dairies and grains. Vitamin D produces healthy bones and helps the body absorb calcium. A vitamin D deficiency can cause a variety of health problems such as osteoporosis, asthma, cancer, and rickets, a childhood disease that causes soft and brittle bones and skeletal problems. Rickets is a rare condition in the United States but more common in other countries. Some rickets risk factors are inadequate nutrition and little sun exposure. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how rickets or vitamin D deficiency is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Vitamin D: Vital Role in Your Health
If you want to lower your blood pressure, vitamin D may be just what the doctor ordered. If you're trying to reduce your risk of diabetes, or lower your chances of heart attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, then vitamin D should be at the front of the line in your daily supplement regimen.
Does Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Chronic Pain?
WebMD investigates the theory that a deficiency of vitamin D can cause chronic pain and if you should discuss vitamin D with your doctor.
Women’s Vitamin, Mineral Supplements, Food Sources, and More
WebMD discusses vitamins and minerals women need, how much is needed, food sources, and when to take a supplement.
Older Adults: 9 Nutrients You May Be Missing
With age, your body doesn’t absorb nutrients well, so every calorie you consume must be packed with nutrition. Here are 9 nutrients older adults often need more of.