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Facts About Vitamin D

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency will show as pain in the bones of the arms, legs, spine and/or pelvis. You may also notice dental problems, such as defects in the tooth, holes in the enamel, increased cavities and progressive dental problems. You may be more susceptible to bone fractures and muscle cramps. You could also have or show skeletal problems such as bowlegs, pelvic deformities, spinal curvature, and bumps in your ribcage.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to Rickets, which is a disease characterized by lack of Vitamin D.  This can be dangerous as it leads to a softening of the bones.  Vitamin D is essential for healthy, strong bones.

Vitamin D can be found in a few foods, such as egg yokds, fortified dairy products, fish but it is also known as the ‘sunshine’ vitamin; vitamin D is manufactured by the body in response to sunshine/sunlight.

Not consuming enough vitamin D through foods is common for strict vegetarians.  Also, persons who shun sunlight are at increased risk for rickets as well.  Try to get at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day, where possible.  Dark skinned persons are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency due to the pigment in the skin which reduces and acts as a shield to absorb the sun. 

When you begin to age, your kidneys have a harder time converting vitamin D to it’s active, useful form.  There are people with medical problems, such as Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease which affect the intestine’s ability to absorb and use Vitamin D through the food your consume.

Obese people also are at risk.  It has been found that people 30% + body fat have low levels of Vitamin D. 

The simple ‘cure’ for Vitamin D deficiency is to get more Vitamin D.  There are supplements that can make it easier, but the most natural way is to go outside for a few minutes on sunny days and eat food containing good amounts of Vitamin D.

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency will show as pain in the bones of the arms, legs, spine and/or pelvis.  You may also notice dental problems, such as defects in the tooth, holes in the enamel, increased cavities and progressive dental problems.

You may be more susceptible to bone fractures and muscle cramps.  You could also have or show skeletal problems such as bowlegs, pelvic deformities, spinal curvature, and bumps in your ribcage.

Diagnosing a Vitamin D deficiency will be done using bone X-rays, blood tests, possibly bone biopsies and urine tests.

This is a deficiency and disorder that can be easily cured or managed by adding Vitamin D to your daily diet.  If you are found to be severely deficient, you may require large doses of Vitamin D and other minerals.  With a normal deficiency, you may expect to see results in your tests usually in a weeks time.

Make sure to eat fish, egg yolks and dairy products as well as get enough sunlight, approximately 15 minutes a day to stay healthy and keep a Vitamin D deficiency at bay.

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