Answers to Common Nutrition Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about nutrition.

How is vitamin D deficiency treated?

If you are vitamin D deficient, you can increase your vitamin levels with food, sunlight, and supplements, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon.

Only a few foods have vitamin D naturally in them, but many foods in the U.S. are fortified with vitamin D.

Some foods that have vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals, orange juice, salmon, tuna, and mushrooms.

On a sunny day where you have a lot of your skin directly exposed to the sun, it can be easy to get all the vitamin D you need. But, getting sun through a window, while wearing sunscreen, or while mostly covered in clothing will not provide your body with vitamin D.

Though it’s important to get vitamin D from sunlight, it’s also important to take care to protect your skin from too much sun exposure to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Two types of vitamin D supplements are available. Talk to your doctor for more information about which one and how much is the right amount for you.

To learn more about how to treat vitamin D deficiency, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Joyce Tebbe, ACNP, Covington Family Care; Stephen Liptak, PsyD, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Paul Jennewine, MD, Middletown Medical Group; Kimberly Bethel, Trotwood Physician Center; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Faisal Khatri, MD, Premier Family Care of Mason