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Teenage Girls Lacking in Vitamin D

A University of Maine researcher has found evidence that many girls are not getting enough vitamin D, either from their diets or sun exposure. Lack of the critical nutrient could lead to health risks later in life, especially for osteoporosis. Vitamin D is necessary for the growth of healthy bones and may be critical in other bodily processes as well. Many of you know that I test vitamin D blood levels on all my patients. I highly encourage and recommend that you have your doctor do this widely available test. At this time of year most people living in the United States do not have optimal levels of vitamin D. It is important to know that this increases your risk for many disease, including colon, breast and prostate cancers.

EurekAlert January 29, 2004

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