Vitamin D is an essential vitamin produced when the body is exposed to sunlight. Food sources include fish, egg yolks, fish liver oils, and fortified dairies and grains. Vitamin D produces healthy bones and helps the body absorb calcium. A vitamin D deficiency can cause a variety of health problems such as osteoporosis, asthma, cancer and rickets, a childhood disease that causes soft and brittle bones and skeletal problems. Rickets disappeared from the UK over 80 years ago but a number of cases re-surfaced in 2010. Some rickets risk factors are inadequate nutrition and little sun exposure. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how rickets or vitamin D deficiency is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it and much more.
A poverty-linked bone disease which disappeared from the UK over 80 years ago but resurfaced in northern parts of the country earlier this year, is now being discovered in high numbers of young patients in Southampton.
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