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Vitamin D is an important nutrient. It helps your body build strong bones and teeth.
Maintaining an adequate level of vitamin D is important for all stages of life. It is especially important for children while their bones and teeth are developing. Vitamin D has other health benefits, as well. Vitamin D may protect against various health conditions, such as some cancers, muscle weakness, mood disorders, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
A low level of vitamin D in the body is referred to as a “vitamin D deficiency.” Adults who do not get enough vitamin D are at risk for osteomalacia (weak bones), osteoporosis (thin bones), and muscle weakness. This can increase the risk of bone fractures and falls.