Avoid Nine Vitamin-D-Deficiency-Symptoms for Health and Vitality

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.

Nine Vitamin-D-Deficiency-Symptoms:

  1. Rickets and osteomalacia. In children rickets is a deficiency symptom. Rickets is characterized by softening of the bones leading to abnormal bone growth. In adults, vitamin d deficiency causes a painful bone disease called osteomalacia (soft bones).
  2. Osteoporosis. Bone loss results from a vitamin D deficiency because the D vitamin is needed for the absorption of calcium. It is important in the prevention of bone loss and dental health.
  3. Muscle weakness is one symptom of vitamin D deficiency.    There is good evidence that that low levels of vitamin D can weaken muscles. In the elderly, vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle weakness, which increases the risk of falling and bone fractures.
  4. Chronic muscle pain. Vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms  would include chronic muscle pain. There is evidence that vitamin D deficiency may cause chronic pain that is associated with both muscle and bone.
  5. Hypertension (high blood pressure). Studies have indicated that vitamin D deficiency induces high blood pressure. Vitamin D works to modulate calcium in muscles. An excess of calcium in the muscle causes contraction increasing blood pressure.
  6. Cancer (breast, colon, prostate). Vitamin D, much like, medicinal mushrooms, acts to modulate the immune system and helps in the fight against infections and cancer. Research has shown that vitamin D does decrease the risk of cancer. A recent study at McGill University found that vitamin D slows the progression of cancer cells from pre-malignant to malignant states. Several studies have indicated that vitamin D may cut the risk of colon, ovarian, and breast cancer by up to 50%.
  7. Depression and moodiness. A University of Texas study found that people with the highest levels of vitamin D were least likely to have depression. People who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to be depressed or have a low mood.
  8. Osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that people who had high levels of vitamin D experienced less joint deterioration than those who had lower levels. Both vitamin D and calcium are needed for good joint health and the prevention of arthritis.
  9. Memory and brain health. Forgetfulness could be a sign that you are deficient in vitamin D. A 2009 analysis using data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey showed that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk for cognitive impairment.

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.

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References and suggested reading:

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  • "vitamin D." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.   
  • "rickets." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011. 

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