Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

by admin on September 3, 2015

vitamin dJust because you live in Houston where the heat can be unbearable in the summer, it doesn’t mean you are getting enough vitamin D.

Even if you think you are getting enough sunlight, you may still be low in the vitamin if you have kidney disease, are on a strict diet, are overweight or have a gastrointestinal disorder. Some people also metabolize the vitamin faster than the average person or don’t absorb it at all.   Age can also play a role in how the vitamin is absorbed in the skin.

Vitamin D is involved in bone formation, resorption and mineralization. It also plays a role in your immune system, cardiovascular system, nervous system and endocrine system. The easiest way to get vitamin D is through sun exposure, but you can also find it in fatty fish, liver and fortified foods like milk, cheese and cereal.

If you don’t get enough vitamin D, it could result in hypocalcemia, secondary hyperparathyroidism, osteomalacia, or muscle weakness. You also have an increased risk of bone fracturing.

5 SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Vitamin D deficiency is typically diagnosed via a test that measures the amount of calcidiol in your blood.

Symptoms that you may be low in vitamin D include:

  1. Bone Pain
  2. Muscle aches and pains
  3. Muscle weakness
  4. Gait impairments
  5. Low mood or cognitive deficits

The good news is that vitamin D deficiency is treatable. Administering a high potency vitamin D supplement called Replesta is one of the ways we treat it at the clinic. Replesta is gluten-free and has 50,000 IU of cholecalciferol which helps replenish your vitamin D stores. Once your vitamin D levels are back to normal, you may only need to take Replesta once a month to maintain it.

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