COLOMBO (News 1st); The Ministry of Health says that 50% of the country's population suffers from vitamin D deficiency.Health experts point out that this affects many health factors including the skeletal system of the human body.The Health Experts further said that the easiest way for the body to get vitamin D is to expose the skin to sunlight during the morning.– What is vitamin D deficiency?Vitamin D deficiency means that you are not getting enough vitamin D to stay healthy.– Why do I need vitamin D and how do I get it?Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.
Calcium is one of the main building blocks of bone. Vitamin D also has a role in your nervous, muscle, and immune systems.You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements.
Your body forms vitamin D naturally after exposure to sunlight. But too much sun exposure can lead to skin aging and skin cancer, so many people try to get their vitamin D from other sources.– What problems does vitamin D deficiency cause?Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to osteoporosis and fractures (broken bones).Severe vitamin D deficiency can also lead to other diseases.
In children, it can cause rickets. Rickets is a rare disease that causes the bones to become soft and bend. African American infants and children are at higher risk of getting rickets.