DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Vitamin D and Chronic Kidney Disease http://www.davita.com/diet-and-nutrition/diet basics/vitamin-d-and-chronic-kidney-disease/a/5326

Ask any school-age child, “What vitamin do you get from the sun?” and you will likely hear the correct answer, “Vitamin D.” Vitamin D is so critical for good health that nature designed a way for us to get it without much effort — directly from the sun.Yet, to be used in the body vitamin D needs to be activated in the kidneys, so people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) tend to be deficient in vitamin D and may need medicines to get their healthy dose of vitamin D.