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Vitamin D Deficiency - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Hypovitaminosis D or Vitamin D deficiency, can happen from inadequate nutritional intake of this vitamin or/and inadequate exposure to sunlight. There are also certain hereditary disorders that limits vitamin D absorption in the body. Impaired vitamin D conversion into active metabolites can lead to several kinds of bone diseases. Like rickets in children or osteoporosis in the adults. Less vitamin D in your body can also play a vital role in development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

It is often becomes very difficult to find that whether a newborn or an adult is suffering from Hypovitaminosis D. However, a swift diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency can be made if someone has a sweaty forehead. So if you find that you are ‘glowing’ while your temperature is around 98.6°F and your activity level is remaining steady you may consider doing a vitamin D test. Another sign of vitamin D deficiency is feeling overly exhausted easily. Research on this vitamin has shown that vitamin D supplementation increases muscle control.

Deficiency of vitamin D also results in mood swings and depressions as adequate vitamin D in the metabolism helps in proper secretion of hormones like serotonin. Generally your doctor will start by jotting down the patient’s history to determine if the patient has been experiencing signs and symptoms that can indicate deficiency of this mineral in the patient’s body. Primarily the doctor can order for a blood test for find the serum concentration of 25(OH)D in the patient. This is the type of vitamin D that circulates in our body. So taking a test of this profile, is considered as a good reflection of how much of vitamin D the patient has absorbed from daily diet and from the rays of the sun.

Levels of this vitamin are expressed in nmol/L (nanomoles/liter) or ng/mL (nanograms/milliliter).

Doctors can also ask the patient for undergoing a special bone density scan, if the patient is suffering from brittle bones or symptoms of osteoporosis. Food that are naturally rich in vitamin D are fatty fishes like salmon, tuna and mackerel. Other than these beef, cheese, fish liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms are also enriched with vitamin D. Some of the food manufacturers also sometimes fortify foods with vitamin D, especially foods that are often eaten by children, to reduce the risk of vitamin D deficiency in infants.

Such foods that are found in the market are yogurt, breakfast cereals, baby milk, orange juice, marmalade and others.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test always required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Brittleness of bones.

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Vitamin D Deficiency

Dr. Vishwanath B L 96% (72 ratings)
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Internal Medicine Specialist, Bangalore
Vitamin D Deficiency
3 ways to overcome vitamin d deficiency Do you frequently feel tired or fatigued in spite of having the habit of exercising, working out in the gym, a proper sleep regimen and good diet? If yes you might have vitamin d deficiency. 65-70% indians are vitamin d deficient. Vitamin d's one of the most important roles is to keep your immune system strong, which in turn ensures the body is able to fight off the viruses and bacteria that cause illness. Low vitamin d levels may be a contributing factor, if you are falling sick often, especially with cold, flu and other respiratory tract infections. Deficiency of vitamin d can also cause chronic fatigue, back pain, depression, impaired wound healing i. E slower recovery and bone loss Chronic vitamin d deficiency can also leads to overweight and insulin resistance -diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Here are 3 ways to overcome vitamin d deficiency 1. Sunlight 20-30 minutes of sunlight can produce enough vitamin d to last for even a week. But in the city life getting sun kissed is not frequent activity. It will be good to take your workouts outdoors at twice a week or yoga on roof top, you could also cycle for 15 or 20 mins during your weekend leisure hours, if you have a balcony make it a habit to enjoy your tea or evening snacks in the balcony. Uv light is strongest between 10 a. M. And 3 p. M. Avoid sunlight exposure at this time. 2. Have diet rich in vitamin d Include salmon or egg yolk (dont discard yellow part of egg) or yogurt or raw cheese and mushrooms in your diet for sufficient vitamin d. Sunflower seeds are also good source of vitamin d. 3. Vitamin d supplements They are the fastest way to enhance vitamin d levels in the bloodstream, but it is advisable to consume only in consultation with a doctor to ensure you are choosing the right product and the correct daily dose recommendation.
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Diet Tips For Women With Vitamin D Deficiency

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 95% (10717 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet Tips For Women With Vitamin D Deficiency
Diet tips for women with vitamin d deficiency Food and nutrition Foods to be taken It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin d from food. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin d in your own body. There are small amounts of vitamin d in a few foods like: Fatty fish Beef liver Egg yolks Fortified milk, dairy products and orange juice Fortified cereals and butter Fortified soy products (tofu and soy milk) Cheese Mushrooms Vitamin d deficiency foods Foods to be avoided Reduce intake of fried fatty foods, salt, sugar and other sugary products and foods that are enriched with saturated fats. Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine may interfere with the absorption of vitamin d Yoga and exercise Exercise outdoors has been found to significantly increase vitamin d levels even in the colder months. Weight bearing (walking, jogging, dancing, skiing, etc.) and resistive exercises (weight training, and vigorous water exercises) are effective forms of exercise. Home remedies To increase vitamin d levels in the body stay around 15 30 minutes a day in the summer sun without sunscreen Take a vitamin d3 supplement if you are in a low-sunlight region Women over 40 if deficient in vitamin d are at increased risk of osteoporosis, and should take vitamin d supplements if found deficient
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Vitamin D Deficiency - Symptoms & Ways to Reverse it!

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB - Orthopedics
Orthopedist, Delhi
Vitamin D Deficiency - Symptoms & Ways to Reverse it!
Before explaining how you can reverse the deficiency, it is important to know how vitamin D plays a pivotal role in your body. Well, this very vitamin is responsible for balancing the hormonal levels and ensuring the perfect functioning of your bones and brain. Also, vitamin D is indispensable for the proper functioning of your central nervous system. This is why people who are deficient display signs of anxiety, depression and, in severe cases, even suffer from bipolar disorder. Apart from the neurological symptoms that the deficiency of vitamin D indicates, there are some physical symptoms as well that should not be overlooked either: Arthritis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Adrenal fatigue Chronic fatigue Osteoporosis Muscle soreness Autoimmune disease So, What Are The Causes Of Vitamin D Deficiency? There are various reasons that lead to vitamin D deficiency. The most common ones are as follows: It happens when you are a vegan and do not consume any animal-based products, as it is common in foods like fish, egg yolks, beef liver, and fortified milk. You have limited exposure to sunlight, in such a case your body fails to make required vitamin D. If you spend a lot of time indoors or live in the northern latitudes, or wear robes, you may become vitamin D deficient. In case you have dark skin, it reduces your skin s ability to make vitamin D based on your exposure to sunlight. Aged adults having a dark skin tone are more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. How To Overcome Vitamin D Deficiency? Get More Sun: 20-30 minutes of sunlight is all it takes for our bodies to produce enough Vitamin D to last us for a week, not everybody is able to enjoy the sun. Eat More Food Rich In Vitamin D: Just increase your intake of foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D, such as salmon, raw cheese, yogurt and egg yolk. And if you are vegetarian, go for mushrooms as they are also an excellent source of vitamin D. Vitamin D Supplements: This is the fastest way to boost the vitamin D levels in your bloodstream, but it is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin your daily dose. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Vitamin D Deficiency : Treatment, Diet And Home Remedies

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 95% (10717 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Vitamin D Deficiency : Treatment, Diet And Home Remedies
Food and nutrition Foods to be taken It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin d from food. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin d in your own body. There are small amounts of vitamin d in a few foods like: Fatty fish Beef liver Egg yolks Fortified milk, dairy products and orange juice Fortified cereals and butter Fortified soy products (tofu and soy milk) Cheese Mushrooms Vitamin d deficiency foods Foods to be avoided Reduce intake of fried fatty foods, salt, sugar and other sugary products and foods that are enriched with saturated fats. Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine may interfere with the absorption of vitamin d Yoga and exercise Exercise outdoors has been found to significantly increase vitamin d levels even in the colder months. Weight bearing (walking, jogging, dancing, skiing, etc.) and resistive exercises (weight training, and vigorous water exercises) are effective forms of exercise. Home remedies To increase vitamin d levels in the body stay around 15 30 minutes a day in the summer sun without sunscreen Take a vitamin d3 supplement if you are in a low-sunlight region Women over 40 if deficient in vitamin d are at increased risk of osteoporosis, and should take vitamin d supplements if found deficient.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi my friend have back pain issue since last 5 years and a orthopaedic doctor told him that you need vitamins b and d and after this he has some relaxation but he need proper solution and his weight is 53 kg height 5.6 ft and age 26 so give some advice regarding back pain.

Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo 93% (695 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician,
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As" per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this - 1) Do a clinical examination by your Doctor (Neurologist) and to know exact pathology do MRI scan'2) Regarding prescription medication please discuss about (oxycodone-acetaminophen) and corticosteroids INJ 3) Do consult with physiotherapist for specific exercise plan Do follow lifestyle modification like this - 1) Do regular exercise. Strengthening the trunk muscles helps stabilize and support the spine. 2) Maintain good posture. Good posture reduces the pressure on your spine and disks. Keep your back straight and aligned, particularly when sitting for long periods. Lift heavy objects properly, making your legs not your back do most of the work. 3) Try to maintain a healthy weight. Hope that helps.

I recently did vitamin D test. It was 5.10 Please advise me what to do to raise the level.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (6667 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Spend 15 mm ins daily in sun in early morning. Most of the vitamin D is made by skin in sun rays. Also drink milk.
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I am suffering from high cholesterol with low vitamin d and low testrone level how to improve all these levels.

Dr. Rajiv Bajaj 95% (299 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in EP
Cardiologist, Delhi
Don't get too many measurements of substances that medical science does not fully understood. Your house will not be safer if vaastu experts gave detailed advice on arrangement of furniture frequently. For good health, good diet (not restricted diet as is now the fashion), ample rest, and passing time happily. Not tests and medicines.

How much IU of Vitamin D is required to your body on daily basis through supplement tablet? I am taking 1000 IU Vitamin D tablet of Zenith Nutrition daily because in my Vit D test, I found out that my vit D level is only 5.56 which is deficiency.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (12938 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Take 60,000 unit weekly for 2 months and then every 15 days for 2 month. Then monthly for ever. Sit under Sun with minimum clothes.
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Which is the best time to take multivitamin tablet which contains vitamin-D and vitamin-E?

Dr. Penchila Prasad Kandikattu 91% (34 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Nellore
Hello Dear lybrate-user, Vit-D and -E are fat soluble vitamins so they are preferred to be taken with food preferably with lunch or dinner. Better time to take them is along with the food or immediately after lunch or dinner. I think I answered to your question if you have more questions feel free to ask. Take care.
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Role of Calcium and Vitamin D in your Bone Health

Dr. Anshu 88% (51 ratings)
MNAMS (Orthopedic Surgery), Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedist, Pune
Milk or yogurt is not the best source of calcium while sunlight can?t really replenish vitamin D in your body. True or false? Take the quiz to know now.
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