Vitamin-D Deficiency Related Diseases
Vitamin D deficiency itself is not a disease but is the mother of many other diseases and complications. There are a wide number of diseases that are somehow associated with vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency has been known to play a role in almost every major disease, some of these are:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Auto-immune diseases
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Infertility and PMS
- Chronic Pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Periodontal disease
Some common facts about vitamin D deficiency
- Elderly people are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency because as human grow, their skin loses the capability to absorb and assimilate vitamin D
- Vitamin D deficiency often appears in vegetarians as their eating habits don’t include food rich in vitamin D
- Pregnant women and babies are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency by birth due to their genetic make-up and physiological vulnerability
- People with darker skin are more likely to cause Vitamin D deficiency compared to fair skinned people as darker skin absorbs less vitamin D compared to fair skin.
- Food items like eggs, fatty fish, liver, cereals and milk products are major source of vitamin D
Vitamin D Deficiency can be prevented by the following methods:
- Getting unprotected sun exposure during mornings and late afternoons for 20-40 minutes a day.
- Eating a rich diet consisting of milk and milk products (fortified milk is better), egg, fish and other whole foods.
- Taking a Vitamin D supplement. 1000 – 2000 IU is recommended daily, however it’s better to test yourself first to find out exactly how much your body requires.
- And last but not the least; keep your muscles and bones healthy by regular exercise – at least 40 minutes daily 3 times a week.
It is undoubtedly true that Vitamin D is indispensable for human body and every individual should ensure an optimum and proper proportion of this vitamin in the body. It is also an established fact that Sunlight is the natural source of Vitamin D and hence people need to expose themselves to sunlight right from the childhood. Above mentioned tips are some of the ways that can help in maintaining an exact proportion of Vitamin D in the body.
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