6 common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it.

Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

It's also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, though it's very difficult to get enough from diet alone.

Here are 6 common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

Having dark skin

Being elderly

Being overweight or obese

Not eating much fish or dairy

Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round

Staying indoors.

Although sunlight exposure is one of the main ways to produce Vitamin D within the body, here are some Vitamin D rich foods to include in your diet, especially during the winter months when sunlight hours are reduced.

Wild caught salmon 100g = 988 IU

Farmed Salmon 100g = 250 IU

Herring 100g = 216 IU

Canned Sardines 100g = 112 IU

1 Egg yolks = 37 IU

Mushrooms 100g = wild mushrooms can have 2300 IU

Supermarket mushrooms = 130 - 450 IU

Fortified foods - soy milk, orange juice, cereal and oatmeal.

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