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What is vitamin D used for?

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The human body uses vitamin D to develop and maintain strong bones; and, it prevents brittle bones, falls and fractures. Vitamin D aides in the function of the immune system, secretion of insulin, regulation of blood pressure, differentiation of cells, and maintenance of calcium and phosphorus levels.

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Physicians use vitamin D to treat certain bone disorders and nutrient deficiencies, as well as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma and psoriasis, a skin condition. Evidence shows that vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of osteoporosis for older adults; and, vitamin D and calcium combined prevent low-calcium levels and bone loss, which are characteristic of osteoporosis.

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