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Most Americans Seem to Have Healthy Levels of Vitamin D
Date:3/30/2011

who were pregnant or lactating were less likely to be at risk for vitamin D deficiency than those who weren't pregnant or lactating.

Though vitamin D deficiency became more common in the United States between 1988-1994 and 2001-2002, the study found, risk for the deficiency did not change between 2001-02 and 2005-06.

About 4 percent of males 12 years and older had vitamin D levels that put them at risk for deficiency in 1988-1994, and 17 percent were at risk for inadequacy. Those numbers had risen to 7 percent and 22 percent, respectively, by 2001-2002, according to the study.

Among females 12 and older, vitamin D deficiency rose from 7 percent in 1988-1994 to 11 percent in 2001-2002. However, the proportion of females with inadequate levels of vitamin D dropped from 30 percent to 25 percent in that time.

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The Office of Dietary Supplements at the U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about vitamin D.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, news release, March 30, 2011


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