**Note: Increasing the dietary intake of dairy products is not an ideal solution for everyone worried about vitamin D deficiency, especially those with milk allergies or lactose intolerance. The doctors at IPM highly recommend that children and adults take a high quality multivitamin containing vitamin D. A simple blood test available at IPM can determine your vitamin D status and help your doctor decide if additional supplementation is needed. The following are links to relevant products available in the IPM online store:

Synergy Multivitamin (provides 400IU vitamin D daily)

Children’s Chewable Multivitamins (provides 400IU vitamin D daily)

Vitamin D capsules are also available in 5000IU and 1000IU strength


A whopping 70 percent of American kids aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and such youngsters tend to have higher blood pressure and lower levels of good cholesterol than their peers, according to two new studies published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Low vitamin D levels also may increase a child’s risk of developing heart disease later in life, experts say.

“We were astounded at how common it was,” says study author Dr. Michal Melamed, an assistant professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. “There is a lot of data that suggests adults with low vitamin-D levels are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and a lot of cancers, and if kids start out with low levels and never increase them, they may be putting themselves at risk for developing all of these diseases at a much earlier age.”

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