Welcome to North Shore Health Department The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 2/21/2017 Did You Know? Vitamin D is important for overall health and strong and healthy bones. Most people get vitamin D from diet and sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency can result in health problems such as causing your bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen which can put people at an increased risk for falls. Vitamin D that you get from your diet may not be enough, but sunlight can often make up the difference. Vitamin D deficiency may not be a concern for everyone but certain groups such as individuals who are obese, have dark skin and who are older than age 65 may be more at risk. These individuals may have low levels of Vitamin D due to their diets as well as little sun exposure. It can be especially difficult to increase Vitamin D through sun exposure during the winter months. Dietary supplements can help, as well as eating Vitamin D rich food, including salmon, tuna, fish liver oils, milk, yogurt, and eggs. Use caution when taking supplements, as it is also possible to have too much Vitamin D which can affect your health. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about your needs and the use of dietary supplements to determine what may be best for your overall health. To learn more about Vitamin D visit this link: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.