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How common is Vitamin D Deficiency in US? Any statistics or surveys about popularity of Vitamin D Deficiency?

According to Dr. Michael Holick---author of The UV advantage and one of the world's most respected authorities on Vitamin D and the health benefits of natural sunlight---during an interview on 2005, vitamin D deficiency is an epidemic throughout the entire United States, through all age groups. Furthermore, he elaborated shocking statics of vitamin D deficiency in the US:

  • 40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
  • 32% of doctors and med school students, 18-29 years of age, are vitamin D deficient. (Based on a study they did in Boston)
  • 42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D.
  • 48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient at the end of the winter, and 17% remained vitamin D deficient at the end of the summer (Based on a study they did in Maine with Dr Sullivan and Dr Rosen)
  • Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient.
  • 76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient.
  • Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient.

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