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Health benefits of vitamin D and sunlight: a D-bate

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of autoimmune, cardiovascular and infectious diseases, type 2 diabetes mellitus, as well as the risk of falls and fractures. Several prospective, randomized, controlled trials published in 2010 highlight the importance of improving vitamin D status in children and adults to reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections and cardiovascular disease, amongst other disorders.

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Figure 1: The major causes of vitamin D deficiency and potential health consequences.


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Holick, M. Health benefits of vitamin D and sunlight: a D-bate. Nat Rev Endocrinol 7, 73–75 (2011).

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