An Obvious Sign Of Vitamin D Deficiency

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Diseases linked to vitamin D
deficiency include cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
Throbbing pains in the back or
knees could be signs of vitamin D deficiency.
Aching bones are linked to
vitamin D deficiency because it is vital to bone health.
Other possible signs of
vitamin D deficiency include depression, feeling sleepy and a lack of energy.
Some studies estimate that up
to 70 percent of people could have a vitamin D deficiency.
Much of the body’s vitamin D
is produced in response to sunlight on the skin.
That is why levels are
typically lower in the body through the winter months in northern latitudes.
Getting outside for a
20-minute walk a few times a week can be enough for the body to produce the
required amounts of vitamin D.
Some of the best dietary
sources of vitamin D are eggs, oily fish and mushrooms.
One study of postmenopausal
women found very high levels of vitamin D deficiency.
study’s authors recommend that:
“A healthy lifestyle should
include exposure to the sun for 15 minutes three to four times per week when
the weather permits since 90% of vitamin D is synthesized upon the skin having
contact with sunlight.”
health problems could be linked to vitamin D deficiency, said Dr Faustino
Pérez-López, the study’s first author:
“We believe that many diseases
can be aggravated by a chronic deficiency of vitamin D. Healthcare
professionals should be aware that this is a common problem which affects a
large part of the population in Europe, even those who live in sunny places.”
Vitamin D supports the mineral
density of bones and aids neuromuscular function as well as reducing the risk
of fracture.
Other disease linked to
vitamin D deficiency include cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
The study was published in the
journal Maturitas (Pérez-López et al., 2012).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.