What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

I’m Dr. Melina Jampolis and I’m a medical doctor that specializes in nutrition. Many of my patients are Vitamin D deficient and they often ask me “What are some of the risk factors.” Some of the most common risk factors include: not consuming dairy products, because it’s often fortified, wearing sunscreen, or not getting a lot of sun exposure because you spend a lot of time indoors or live somewhere where there’s long winters. Having darker skin, being older than 50 because your skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D decreases with age, or being overweight or obese. To determine if you’re deficient, you can have your Vitamin D levels checked by your Healthcare Practitioner. For more information, go to naturemade.com.