Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

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Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin” is one of the most important nutrient needed by our body, our body makes vitamin D when the cholesterol is exposed to direct sunlight. The problem is that there is almost no diet which will ensure adequate amount of vitamin D for the day. The recommended daily intake is about 400-800 IU but some physicians suggest to maintain even a higher amount, this is actually a quite challenging situation for the people who live far off the equator as they will not be able to get sufficient amount of sunlight.

Vitamin D deficiency is actually quite common in mostly all of the european regions, it is estimated that about 1 billion people worldwide have low levels of vitamin D in their blood.

About:

 

  • 41.6% : Adults
  • 69.2% : Hispanics
  • 82.1%: African-americans

 

However very few people are able to identify the the deficiency of Vitamin D in their body on time. As the symptoms are quite subtle and vague.

7 Signs that you are vitamin D deficient

 

  1. Excessive fatigue and tiredness

 

Although fatigue and tiredness is a very ambiguous symptom, and can be associated with multiple factors but in various case studies it was discovered that women who reported chronic daytime fatigue and migraine had a blood level of only 5.9 ng/ml only, which is extremely low. As anyone under 20 ng/ml will be considered to be deficient.

Surprisingly, when the women took Vitamin D supplements their blood levels increased to 37 ng/ml and their symptoms got resolved.

 

  1. Weak bones and body pain

 

Vitamin D is responsible for the absorption of calcium in your body.

Based upon many observational studies and experimentation it was discovered that there is a very strong connection between lower back pain and low vitamin D levels.

In one case study various doctors were surprised to know that over 9,000 mature women who complained of lower back pain were vitamin D deficient.

There has been a plethora of cases where it was noticed that even after multiple calcium supplements the patients still remained deficient.

But when these same set of patients were given vitamin D supplements, a sudden rise in the calcium level was observed.

  1. Impaired or Slow wound healing

 

Slow wound healing may be the sign of low levels of vitamin D in your body.

According to a Copenhagen based test-tube experimentation it was uncovered that vitamin D is also responsible for producing compounds which are crucial for the wound healing process in our body.

Many doctors also suggested that vitamin D plays an important role in controlling inflammation & Various infections which hamper the healing process of the body.

Many hospitals which observed slow wound healing in their patients after a surgery, also noticed a low level of vitamin D in their body.

  1. Hair loss

 

Most people associate hair loss or hair fall with stress and mental tension while it may be true but if the hair loss is severe then it is an indication of nutritional deficiency in our body.

Hair loss in women seems to be connected with low levels of vitamin D although the research on this topic is very minimal, so there is not much scientific evidence for that.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease (caused by an inadequate amount of vitamin D in our body)  mainly characterized by severe hair loss from the head and the other parts of the body which is an indication of the importance of vitamin D in your body.

  1. Muscle pain

 

Unlike others, the relationship of this symptom with vitamin D is actually indirect.

A study in rats proved that lack of vitamin D greatly stimulates nociceptors in the muscles which leads to pain and sensitivity in the body.

In one case study among 120 school children it was noticed that after consuming a higher amount of vitamin D supplements the muscle pain and weakness reduced by an average of 57%.

Furthermore in one case study 71% of the people with chronic pain were found to be vitamin D deficient.

 

  1. Low Bone mineral Density

Many old men who had weak bones took a checkup and were advised to take calcium supplements to improve their body performance however keep in mind that this also can be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

Adequate vitamin D levels are vital to maintain the blood level in order to ensure the optimal operations of your body.

In one big observational study held in texas,it was discovered that  in more than 1,100 middle-aged women in menopause experts noticed a strong link between the low bone mineral density & low vitamin D levels as well.

  1. Depression

Based upon various health checkups and after various case studies researchers finally linked vitamin D deficiency with depression and decrease in cognitive abilities.

65% of controlled case studies highlighted the fact that there is a link between low blood pressure and depression.

But after taking various vitamin D supplements their depression and brain functioning almost got resolved.

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