What You Should Know About a Vitamin-D Deficiency

blankI’ll let you in on a secret: sunshine is good for you. I know, right? It sounds crazy, but sunlight gives you some major health benefits, for example, vitamin D.

When you have vitamin D deficiency, also known as hypovitaminosis D, is caused by not eating enough vitamin D rich-foods, an increased level of melanin pigment in your body and little to no exposure to sunlight. It’s a vitamin D deficiency when a level less than 12 ng/mL is detected in the blood test. Here are some other things you should know about Vitamin D deficiency:

Benefits to Vitamin-D

A vitamin D deficiency prevents your body from certain benefits it provides to your body. Vitamin D allows bones and teeth to grow healthily; a deficiency doesn’t allow the body to regulate calcium and it can cause softening of the bones in kids and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D also helps pregnant women kids to grow healthy. And it reduces the risk of you getting the flu.

Causes 

Not eating enough rich vitamin D foods or having more melanin pigment in your body aren’t the only causes for a vitamin D deficiency. Having a vegan diet may also increase your deficiency. Not being exposed to sunlight, or constantly staying inside may also be a cause for vitamin D deficiency. 

Symptoms 

Some of the symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency can include: fatigue, muscle pain and back pain among others, like constantly being sick and hair loss. If the deficiency isn’t treated, it can lead to complications in your health – like immune system problems, infections, cardiovascular conditions and pregnancy complications. It can also result in cancer like breast, prostate and colon cancers. Feeling sad or depressed may also be a symptom.

Treatments 

There’s many ways to fulfill your body’s intake of vitamin D. Foods like cheese, milk, beef liver, and fortified cereals and juices can provide vitamin D. You can also take vitamin D supplements. Going for a walk or sitting in the sunlight can also help with a vitamin D deficiency. (Just make sure you apply sunscreen before going outside!) If you think you may have a vitamin D deficiency, tell your doctor so you can get tested today.

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