A list of vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms is in most cases a list of maladies that adequate vitamin D in our system helps to prevent. Vitamin D has a significant role in regulating our immune system and aides in the prevention of many chronic conditions including cancer. Yet many people are deficient without knowing it. You could be well into a disease process by the time you get any vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms.
Many think that vitamin D deficiency plays a role in
such chronic diseases as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid
arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many common cancers. Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential for healthy retirement.
As is the case with all vitamins and minerals, vitamin D works together with other nutrients. The following nine symptoms of a deficiency of vitamin D are also likely symptoms of deficiencies of other nutrients.
Vitamin D deficiency is common with up to 70% of the population in the United States deficient in this important vitamin. Worse yet there are as many as 97% of African Americans deficient in vitamin D. It is important to note that up to ninety percent of our vitamin D comes from the sun. The sun is the best source of vitamin D. People who live in northern climates and/or work indoors often don’t get nearly enough vitamin D and will likely suffer from vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms. The widespread use of sun screens and sun blocker has greatly contributed to the problem.
Dietary sources of Vitamin D are limited. Some foods sources are fortified milk and seafood such as salmon and other oily fish. Vitamin D deficiency can result from a lack of the vitamin in the diet, insufficient conversion in the skin by ultraviolet light or inefficient dietary absorption.
The RDA (recommended daily allowance) has been 400 IU. Many physicians are now saying that the RDA should be in a range from 1,000 to 2,000 IU. Most multiple vitamins still contain 400 IU. The importance of vitamin D to our health cannot be overstated and should be on the check list to discuss with your physician.
Prevent vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms by making sure that vitamin D in your body is maintained at a healthy level. This will require regular visits to your physician and blood tests. Supplementation with a quality multiple-vitamin containing 1,000 IU of D3 should seriously be considered after discussing it with your doctor. Some have said that you need 2,000 IU just to stay even.
Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease. They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself! A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.
While we are more likely to get too little vitamin D, too much is toxic and can lead to too much calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia). But how much is too much? One book that I read stated that you would have to take more than 10,000 IU every day for several months to develop toxicity. I certainly would NOT recommend that.
All supplements including vitamin D should be reviewed by your physician. Ask your doctor for a blood test including vitamin D at least annually. The literature indicates that you can’t overdose on vitamin D from sun exposure.
If you found this page useful, please give it a LIKE and share it with someone you care about.
References and suggested reading:
See fifteen steps to a healthy retirement
In the end it's not the years in your life that count but the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
Do you have a great story about this? Share it!