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When we think about Vitamin D, we immediately think about bones and calcium, but there are other signs that can show a deficiency. An easy one is dark skin. While having dark skin doesn’t mean you have a deficiency, it harder to get it from the sun and something you have to watch out for. Mood is another way and depression can be caused by it. Obesity is a huge problem but due to your fat content, the vitamin D will be absorbed and held in the fat instead of being released.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin, it’s a steroid hormone.
  • Generally, people with increased skin pigmentation are more at risk because they don’t absorb as much.
  • Because Vitamin D is primarily created with exposure to sunlight, if you have SAD or seasonal depression, it may also mean you’re vitamin d deficient.

“Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common in the US, but many Americans mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk because they consume vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk).”

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