Vitamin D is a Fat Soluble Vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods. It is also produced when Ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike our skin and triggers Vitamin D Synthesis. It promotes calcium absorption in the gut and it maintains serum calcium and phosphate concentrations, to enable mineralization of bone and needed for bone growth.
Vitamin D insufficiency can lead to brittle and thin bones; with poor bone density.Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.
What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?
- Fatigue : Extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.It can Make you Feel Exhausted all the time.
- Muscle pain and weakness. : Muscle pain can be mild or severe .Related symptoms that can occur with muscle pain are tenderness, swelling, redness.
- Muscle cramps : A sudden and involuntary contraction of one or more of your muscles.
- Joint pain : can be discomfort, pain or inflammation arising from any part of a joint — including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles.
- Chronic pain : It is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks . Chronic pain persists—often for months or even longer.
- Weight gain.
- High blood pressure.
- Restless sleep.
At a GLANCE :
Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults of all ages who always wear sun protection (which blocks vitamin D production) or limit their outdoor activities
Researchers estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency, and this percentage rises in higher-risk populations such as the elderly and those with darker skin
Signs you may have a vitamin D deficiency include age over 50, having darker skin, obesity, achy bones, feeling blue, head sweating, and gut trouble
Increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year
Optimizing your vitamin D levels may help you prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, mental health conditions, and more