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Vitamin D Deficiency,low vitamin D

Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D also known as sunshine vitamin helps in keeping your bones strong. Recent researches suggest that Vitamin D protects you from a lot of health problems. Vitamin D is produced by your body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. There are a few foods like fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks- fortifies dairy and grain products through which we can intake Vitamin D.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency

Listed below are a few symptoms that can help you understand that you might have Vitamin D deficiency in your body

  • Bone Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Cramps in muscles
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rickets in children
  • Depression

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can occur in your bodies due to various reasons, listed below are few of them.

  • You are not able to consume the recommended levels of vitamin over a period of time especially if you follow a strict vegan diet as most of the natural source for Vitamin D are animal based like fish, beef, egg yolks etc.
  • If your exposure to sunlight is limited, then you may have Vitamin D deficiency as your body makes Vitamin D if your skin is exposed to sunlight.
  • Pigment melanin makes your skin dark which creates the inability in your skin to absorb Vitamin D in response to exposure of your skin to sunlight.
  • People with BMI of 30 or more than 30 often have low Vitamin D levels.
  • Medical problems like Crohn’s diseasecystic fibrosis and celiac disease can affect your intestine’s ability to absorb Vitamin D  through food that you eat.
  • With ageing kidneys are unable to convert Vitamin D into active form which increases the risk of being Vitamin D deficient.

Who are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?

The following are at risk for Vitamin D deficiency

  • All expecting mothers
  • Breast feeding women
  • Infants and young kids below the age group of 5 years
  • Old aged people 65 years and above
  • One’s who have low or no exposure to sun.
  • People with dark skin.

Why is Vitamin D essential for our body?

Vitamin D is very important for our body as it keeps our bones healthy and strong. It is reported that people with low Vitamin D levels often face depression and fatigue, proper Vitamin D levels in your body keeps you away from such risks. Vitamin D contributes to your strong muscles and general health.

How can Vitamin D be diagnosed?

If you see any symptoms in you which are mentioned above or fall in the category of high risks, you should get your Vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D levels can be measured with a Vitamin D blood test.

How can Vitamin D levels be boosted?

Vitamin D in your body can be boosted through a exposure to sunlight, proper diet and supplements.

Get in touch with our team of experts to get your Vitamin D levels checked.

Author: CK Birla Hospital
The CK Birla Hospital is a NABH accredited, multi-speciality hospital located in Gurugram. The hospital aims to improve the quality of healthcare with an emphasis on UK NHS guidelines for nurse and midwife training. Policies and protocols adapted from UK’s National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines mean a robust focus on safety, high quality clinical care and cleanliness.