NOME, Alaska (AP) — State health officials say some Alaska children are not getting enough Vitamin D.
KNOM reports (http://is.gd/p0FZCG) a bulletin from the state health department says this is especially true for Alaska Native children who live in higher latitudes.
Not getting enough Vitamin D can lead to tissue damage, weak bones and in extreme cases, bone deformities known as rickets.
In the last 10 years, the state says Alaska children have had higher deficiency rates and more reports of rickets than anywhere else in the country.
Subsistence foods are high in Vitamin D. And people are encouraged eat either vitamin-rich foods like salmon, eggs and lichen, or take a supplement.