In Rheumatology we talk a lot with our patients about bone health, which is usually the setting of Calcium and Vitamin D discussions. However, lately Vitamin D has been quite the hot topic.If you are interested, you might want to read these two articles from the last week or so: here and here. There is a lot more information in the articles, but this quote in particular helps to answer a frequent question I get, “Can’t I get more Vitamin D from food?”
People’s vitamin D levels are influenced by whether they have light or dark skin, where they live, how much time they spend outdoors and by fish and milk consumption. To raise vitamin D without supplements, a person could increase sun exposure for 10 to 15 minutes a day. Eating more fish can help — a 3.5-ounce serving of wild fresh salmon has 600 to 1,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D — but it would take a quart of milk a day to get the recommended dose of vitamin D.