I don’t drink milk, really haven’t had much since I was about 15 or 16. Occasionally, I’ll have some yogurt or cheese, but dairy products just wreck my stomach. Which is why this report by The Boston Channel sort of scared me.
Mike Stone and his brother Doug have always been healthy active boys. Their mom, Marla made sure they ate right, and drank their milk. But, at 14, after Stone complained of back pain, X-rays revealed a shocking discovery.
“He put it up to the light and you could essentially see right through the bones,” said Stone.
Stone had a vitamin D deficiency. His bones were only 50 percent the density of a normal child his age. They could break at any moment. His younger brother, Doug, was also diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, but to a lesser degree.
Vitamin D is produced by your skin in sunshine and controls the amount of calcium absorbed from your diet, which in turns produces strong and healthy bones and teeth. A Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risks for arthritis, diabetes, and possibly cancer.