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  • By Admin
  • 04 Oct 2017

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in maintaining calcium and phosphate levels in the body for bone formation. We get vitamin D from the food we eat, and also it gets synthesized from the cholesterol when we are exposed to the sun. Found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, although it's very difficult to get enough from diet alone. Recommended daily intake is around 400-800 IU. Here in this blog, we have discussed some of the conditions that are linked to vitamin D deficiency:

*Osteoporosis Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. Bone pain and lower back pain may be signs of low levels of Vitamin D in blood. It advanced stages; it can lead to osteoporosis, where growth of bones diminishes and become soft, weak, or deformed. In postmenopausal women, there is a strong link between low Vitamin D levels and lower bone mineral density.

* Low or Depressed mood Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has been associated with insufficient levels of Vitamin D. Prevalent during winter months due to lack of sunlight. In some studies, researchers have linked vitamin D deficiency to depression, particularly in older adults. Some controlled studies have shown that giving vitamin D to people who are deficient helps to improve depression, including seasonal one that occurs during the colder months.

* Hair Loss Hair loss is often attributed to stress, which is certainly a common cause of it. However, when hair loss is severe, it may be the result of nutrient deficiency. In women it has been linked to low vitamin D levels, although there is very little research on this so far.

* Muscle pain with Fatigue and tiredness Muscle pain in children and adults may be the cause of insufficient levels of vitamin D in the blood. In one study, 75% of people with chronic pain were found to be deficient in Vitamin D levels. Chronic daytime fatigue and extreme tiredness have also been linked to Vitamin D deficiency.

* Erectile dysfunction The most common sexual problem among men can be caused by other health conditions such as diabetes and prostate cancer, but a study published last year in one of the Journal showed that severe cases of erectile dysfunction had much lower levels of vitamin D than those with mild cases. Vitamin D deficiency is common nowadays and most people are unaware of it. Its symptoms are often non-specific as it is difficult to find out if they are caused by low vitamin D levels or something else. If you think you are low in vitamin D levels, then talk to your doctor and get your blood levels measured. Meanwhile, you can also increase your sun exposure and eat more vitamin D rich foods or simply take a supplement.