Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency Among Healthy Adolescents
The results of this study are a little surprising (24% of kids were deficient), but I can assume that our demonizing of sunlight is much to blame. There have been many studies lately pointing to deficiencies of Vit D in almost every age group. The thing to consider here is that every single cell of the body has a receptors for Vit D even though we may not yet know the full breadth of what this vitamin does. But I can guarantee, even with what little we know, that chronic, widespread deficiencies of Vit D will lead to increased rates of MS, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.
Arch Pediatric Adolesc Med — Abstracts: Gordon et al. 158 (6): 531 –