Vitamin D is often looked upon only as that fat-soluble vitamin found in cod liver oil, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), fortified milk, and fortified breads and cereals, and which is associated with sun exposure and preventing rickets in children. However, in the Nutrition and Bone Health Working Group of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Re- search, we learned that vitamin D has important ramifications for health, not only throughout life, but even during fetal development.

Dr. Holick reminded the audience that vitamin D deficiency is epidemic, not only in the elderly, but is also commonly seen in prepubertal children, adolescents, and young and middle-aged adults. Vitamin D deficiency has insidious consequences for the skeleton. See full text for more.

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