Are children getting enough vitamin D for bone health?

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Agueda Hernandez, MD
Family Medicine
Bone fractures are often inevitable during childhood, but there has been a significant increase -- up to 50 percent according to some studies -- of kids' fractures over the past four decades.

That period of time coincides with the obesity epidemic in the United States.

What's causing this deficiency? For one, the growing trend of sedentary children, who would rather play video games than play outdoors, is a big factor.

The result is that many children don't get enough of the vitamin D that is essential for proper growth and texture of bones.

Known as the "sunshine vitamin," vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a some foods -- including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks -- and fortified dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet.

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