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November 17, 2003

Vitamin D Deficiency

Doctors are seeing an increase in the number of children with rickets, according to the US News and World Report. Rickets is a serious disease, caused by a deficiency in vitamin D, in which children's bones soften and break:

And bone problems may be just the tip of the iceberg. Higher levels of vitamin D might also be helpful in avoiding breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Indeed, William Grant, a senior scientist at NASA, estimates that more vitamin D could reduce the risk of 13 different cancers, resulting in 30,000 fewer cancer deaths at a savings of about $47 billion a year in healthcare costs. And that's on top of all those soft, bent, and broken bones.

Posted by david at November 17, 2003 9:53 AM

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