…ancestry who move into more temperate regions may suffer due to the lack of sun exposure, she says. Some researchers have even postulated that low vitamin D levels among African Americans could help explain in part why, in America, they are more likely than white people to die from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
Every single time I get a physical, my doctor tells me my Vitamin D level is low. I remember Oprah Winfrey making a comment saying the same. I can’t remember where I found this out, but the Vitamin D issue is so pronounced in black people because we are also more likely to be lactose intolerant. So when winter comes, the anti-dairy folks really face a conundrum. We can’t even get our Vitamin D from outside. But I’m someone who will hang out right in the sun and get as chocolate as can be (I’ve never worn suntan lotion; I’m not proud of it) and still end up with low Vitamin D levels. I finally gave in to taking those chewy vitamins (I hate medication) because talk of osteoporosis and my own ankles turning out so much enough to make me fall twice — in heels — made me realize I need to get a better handle on this. Since taking those chewy vitamins, and occasionally indulging in dairy although I’m failing completely as a vegan, I rarely if ever turn my ankles. It used to happen daily. Now I can count it on one hand in a month if at all. I typed this response in a Starbucks while staring outside at sunshine. But now I’ve grown impatient and want to go outside.