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Vitamin D Deficiency in Iowa Among Athletes

Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes

Why you should pay attention to this:  Vitamin D deficiency is common in Iowa.  Athletes who are severely deficient in Vitamin D have higher risks to develop stress fractures.  There is some evidence that athletes who are deficient have less muscle power as well.  This study shows that, even in a grouping of healthy college athletes, over 1/3 of those tested had abnormal levels.  Risks are higher in patients with naturally darker skin.  Vitamin D levels fluctuate through the year, so levels right now are probably as high as they will be all year.  In other words, patients who are deficient in June are almost assuredly deficient in the winter.

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