A closer look
|Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are common in young people. So much so that rickets, or bone weakness, has made a comeback. Rickets is seen more frequently in black children often due to less time playing outdoors and low consumption of dairy products particularly in those who are lactose intolerant. Teens who favor soft drinks and iced teas over fortified milk and cereal are also hard hit. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised its guidelines and now recommends a minimum daily intake of 400 IU of vitamin D beginning soon after birth and continuing through adolescence.|
Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are common in young people. So much so that rickets, or bone weakness, has made a comeback. More
Food does not provide an adequate single source of vitamin D to maintain optimal health. Only cod liver oil, salmon and mackerel are high in vitamin D.
Born and raised in Haiti, Gerda Paulissaint, 46, came to Boston about 12 years ago and a funny thing happened. She started having all sorts of aches and pains. Walking up a flight of stairs was particularly painful. “It was as if my legs were talking back to me,” she remembers.
She knew she had high blood pressure, but that didn’t explain that sort of pain or her restless sleep. She dismissed all of her symptoms as simply the result of stress. Without much further thought, she quietly went on with her work as a community health advocate at Mattapan Community Health Center. More
Of all Douglas Fairhurst’s medical problems, the most bewildering were his weakening muscles. An avid bicyclist, Fairhurst, 74, could barely lift his leg much less pedal a bike. “I could hardly walk,” he said.
That’s when Fairhurst turned to Dr. Douglass Bibuld, the medical director of Mattapan Community Health Center.
An expert on vitamin D, Dr. Bibuld was well aware of the benefits that accrue from the aptly named “Sunshine Vitamin.” Received primarily from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, vitamin D is known for its ability to maintain healthy bones. More
Calcium & vitamin D: The dynamic duo
Many of us were taught growing up that calcium is the building block to healthy bones — drinking milk and eating dairy products will make us healthy and strong. This adage is undisputedly true, but what we didn’t know was that vitamin D is required for calcium to do its job.
If calcium is the building block to healthy bones, vitamin D is considered the cement. Without an adequate supply, calcium can not be utilized by our bodies to build strong bones and perform other vital physiological functions. Calcium is absorbed through the small intestine, and this process is not possible without ample amounts of vitamin D. The two work in unison to build a healthy body. More