You might think you're getting enough vitamin D through your diet or by exposure to sunlight, but chances are you may still need more.
Vitamin D deficiency is an increasingly common problem which often goes undiagnosed.
We know vitamin D has many beneficial effects on bone and muscle health. But did you know that a deficiency of this vitamin has also been associated with other problems, especially as we age? Some of these include higher incidents of falling, increased pain, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, cancer and memory disturbances.
Having adequate levels of vitamin D is important to your overall health. The only way to know if you are deficient is to see your doctor for a simple blood test, as this will decide if a simple over-the-counter supplement or prescription replacement is needed.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is present in some foods or by exposure to sunlight, as well as supplements. The vitamin can accomplish many great things when present in the body such as calcium absorption. It is also needed for bone and cell growth.
Though vitamin D is commonly heard of, an estimated one billion people in the world are vitamin D deficient, and the number keeps growing. So what exactly happens when your vitamin D levels are low? Here are some common symptoms that many encounter:
As we age, more problems may occur as a result of being deficient of vitamin D. Higher incidents of falling, increased pain, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, memory disturbances and cancer are just a few serious effects that can result in older patients with the deficiency.
Here’s what you can do to boost your vitamin D levels and reverse the effects of deficiency:
If you believe you have a vitamin D deficiency, schedule an appointment with your doctor today. And if you’re interested in learning how to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet, our “Healthy Eating Guide” can help.