A to Z: Vitamin D Deficiencyenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgVitamin D deficiency is a condition that happens when a person isn't getting enough vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones and overall health.vitamin, vitamins, vitamin d, deficiency, not enough vitamins, bones, immune system, skin, brain, muscles, infection, inflammation, diet, calcium, phosporous, sun11/06/201304/12/201909/02/20190b838d31-b9d2-4c44-b888-79b53ffe835ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-vitamin-d.html/<p>Vitamin D deficiency&nbsp;is a condition that happens when a person isn't getting enough vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones and overall health.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Vitamin D plays a key role in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">bone</a> health by helping the body absorb <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/calcium.html/">calcium</a> and phosphorous, two of the basic building blocks of bone. We get vitamin D&nbsp;from the food we eat, and our bodies also make it when our <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> is exposed to the sun. Without enough vitamin D, bones can grow too slowly and become soft, weak, or deformed.</p> <p>Besides aiding bone health, vitamin D supports the brain, muscles, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a>. It helps the body make new cells and fight off infection. It also reduces inflammation.</p> <p>Vitamin D deficiency can occur in people who don't get enough vitamin D in their diet, have limited exposure to sunlight, have kidney or liver disease, are obese, or have conditions or take medicines that prevent their bodies from absorbing enough vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in people who don't eat or drink dairy foods.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Doctors usually diagnose vitamin D deficiency by measuring levels of the vitamin in the blood. Other blood tests and X-rays to look for bone problems also might be done.</p> <p>Treatment includes vitamin D supplements to raise the body's levels to normal, which helps to prevent or reverse bone problems. Some people also take calcium and/or phosphorous supplements. A healthy diet and careful sun exposure also can help.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: OsteoporosisMostly affecting older people, osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones, causing them to become brittle and easily fractured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-osteoporosis.html/ebd73412-f119-4370-bcdb-a4fd48185aa9
A to Z: Osteoporosis, DisuseDisuse osteoporosis is bone loss that results from not enough stress or pressure on the bones, making them brittle and weak, and easy to fracture.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-osteoporosis-disuse.html/ee3821ba-da4c-40fa-81c1-a7823d708384
Becoming a VegetarianPeople choose vegetarianism for a variety of reasons. This article describes different types of vegetarianism and provides advice on ways for vegetarians to get all the nutrients they need.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vegetarian.html/5f669f38-aaba-4625-8686-dbc536b7a46a
Bones, Muscles, and JointsOur bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bones-muscles-joints.html/d55a922b-e87a-49e0-82ae-0c5a0773cee9
CalciumYour parents were right to make you drink milk when you were little. It's loaded with calcium, a mineral vital for building strong bones and teeth.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/calcium.html/1b14aeb9-cdea-43db-8e5d-820de04a98a4
Milk AllergyMilk allergy can cause serious reactions. Find out how to keep kids safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/milkallergy.html/a274028b-e351-433f-9e76-c8803c909aa0
MineralsJust like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy. Find out more about minerals in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/minerals.html/bc051eed-fcf1-4b88-9b3f-d2c6aa044702
Sun SafetyBy teaching kids how to enjoy fun in the sun safely, parents can reduce their risk for developing skin cancer.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sun-safety.html/bc26aff9-60cc-47da-a3b8-154ec64ac649
VegetarianismVegetarian diets have become more popular, and many parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vegetarianism.html/a0cb7ae3-3945-440e-b7f6-166137d97e57
Vitamins and MineralsVitamins and minerals are nutrients that the body needs to work properly. They boost the immune system, promote normal growth and development, and help cells and organs do their jobs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/vitamins-minerals.html/7db5e5be-3935-4119-b49b-bb2e8a5ba349
Your BonesWhere would you be without your bones? Learn more about the skeletal system in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/bones.html/ba77b482-c6eb-47da-90a4-3cb148f38f4d
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