Vitamin D deficiency is a low level of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D is found in a few foods. It is also produced when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Vitamin D
is stored in the body's liver and fatty tissues.
This health problem can lead to
in children and
in adults. These are two diseases that weaken bones.
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