Illnesses Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
By Sara Butler
Did you know that your body makes its own Vitamin D? Yes! When you expose your skin to the sun, it helps your body to synthesize this important vitamin, a vitamin that helps to promote the healthy growth of strong bones and muscles, lowers blood pressure, and can help to slow the progression of some chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. If you don’t get enough Vitamin D, then it can lead to some health issues for you. Here are a few of the illnesses that can strike you if you don’t get enough Vitamin D.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Common symptoms that indicate a lack of Vitamin D include:
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
- Increased blood pressure
If you feel as if you may have a deficiency, talk to a trusted healthcare provider about it and what can be done.
Disease Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
Some studies have found a link between some diseases and low levels of Vitamin D in the blood. These conditions include:
- Prostate cancer – In the journal Clinical Cancer Research, men 40 to 79 who had prostate biopsies also had low Vitamin D levels.
- Dementia – The journal Neurology published a study that found moderate to severe deficiency in Vitamin D in older adults doubled the risk for some forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Heart disease – Several studies have found a link between low Vitamin D levels and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
Remember, these are only tentative links between disease and Vitamin D consumption, but it’s enough of a reason to make sure your levels are in the right zone and do something about it if they’re not.
How Much Vitamin D?
Many foods are fortified with Vitamin D such as dairy products or cereals. You can also get it from eggs, fatty fish such as salmon or canned tuna, and beef liver. If those aren’t your speed, simply exposing your skin to the sunlight for about 10 minutes each day should do the trick. And don’t forget that getting enough Vitamin D also helps your body to absorb calcium, which is precisely why milk is often fortified with Vitamin D.
According to the National Institutes of Health, you need 600 IUs of Vitamin D per day. If you live in a place where sun exposure is a problem, then talk with a medical professional about appropriate supplements you can take.
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