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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
Brittleness of bones.

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Vitamin D Supplement During Pregnancy - The Many Benefits You Must Know!

Dr. Nisha Agarwal 87% (27 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Vitamin D Supplement During Pregnancy - The Many Benefits You Must Know!
Vitamin D and pregnancy hand in hand go together. Expecting mothers need ensure they get the recommended amounts of Vitamin D during pregnancy for the healthy development of the baby as well as their own well-being. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin obtained mostly from consuming fortified milk or juice, fish oils, and dietary supplements. It also is produced in the skin by exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D which is ingested or produced in the skin must undergo hydroxylation in the liver and kidney to promote absorption of calcium from the gut to enable normal bone mineralization and growth. Severe maternal Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with congenital rickets and disordered skeletal homeostasis coupled with fractures in the new-born during pregnancy. Vitamin D is necessary for the metabolism and absorption of phosphorus and calcium. Many studies are finding a connection between low serum vitamin D levels and an increased risk of certain types of autoimmune disease, cancers, insulin resistance, neurological disease and cardiovascular disease. Latest studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy especially among women residing in northern latitudes, living in cold climates or wear sun and winter protective clothing and ethnic minorities, especially those with darker skin. As the Vitamin D level of new-born is largely dependent on maternal Vitamin D status, the infants of mothers with vitamin D deficiency are also at risk of Vitamin D deficiency. Inadequate vitamin D can lead to abnormal bone growth, fractures, or rickets in new-borns. Deficiency of vitamin D leads to a higher risk of pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, premature birth and low birth weight. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include aching muscles, bone pain, and softened bones leading to fractures. Fish liver oil, fatty fish, and eggs are excellent food source for Vitamin D. It is difficult to get sufficient vitamin D from food, which makes it necessary to have Vitamin D supplements. Since the skin uses the sun's rays to produce vitamin D, limited sun exposure is recommended. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays intensifies the pigment changes causing skin darkening in pregnant women. Thus, most doctors endorse that pregnant women protect themselves from the sun and get their vitamin D from supplements. The average prenatal vitamin contains 400 IU of vitamin D, which makes it imperative that additional supplements should be taken. The significant compounds for human development are D2 and D3. The best way to really ensure adequate vitamin D is through simple supplementation. Ergocalciferol is the vegetarian form of vitamin D whereas cholecalciferol is the animal-sourced form, derived from fish liver oil or lanolin from sheep.
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Why Vitamin D Is Important For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding?

MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology, DGO
Gynaecologist, Pune
Why Vitamin D Is Important For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding?
During pregnancy, it is essential to have a wholesome nutrition to ensure the growing baby receives a wholesome nutrition too. Extremely essential are some minerals and vitamins which have a significant role in the development of the baby. The skeletal development, for instance, is one such crucial event, and the onus is on the mother to ensure the required ingredients in the required quantity are reaching the growing fetus. Read on to know the importance of vitamin D during the pregnancy period. Why is it important: With the skeletal development in place, the baby s teeth and bones begin to take shape. Both these are highly matrix-driven structures and require a good amount of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is essential to maintain good amounts of calcium and phosphorus in the body. Complications: Insufficient amounts of vitamin D can produce a range of symptoms from absolutely no issues to severe bone malformations. If not sufficient, the bones and teeth could become hypomineralized and weak leading to fractures, brittle bones, and rickets in newborn children. There are also reported incidents of low birth weight, preterm birth, and higher risks during pregnancy, but these need to be proven yet. Sources: Top 10 Vitamin D Rich Foods- Sunlight, Cod liver oil, Sardines, Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna, Raw Milk, Caviar, Eggs and Mushrooms. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency: People with darker skin, obesity, and fat malabsorption conditions are more prone to develop vitamin D deficiency. With the importance of vitamin D and its role in skeletal development well established, ensure you get the right amounts of it, whatever be the source.
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Gym Nutrition For Starters

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BSc - Home Science, Diploma In Health & Nutrition, MSc - Dietitics/Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Gym nutrition for starters Just going to the gym, lifting weights, cross-training and running miles will not give good results if the nutrition isn t in sync-diet plays a big role (almost 80%) here and can either make or break your gym goals. 1. Check deficiencies Before even beginning to gym, one of the pre-requisites is to rule out any nutrient deficiencies. For instance, for a person who is vitamin d or calcium deficient, workouts can lead to injury and a weakened immunity. For a magnesium deficient person, workouts can leave bad cramps and delayed recovery. 2. Pre-workout food It s a no brainer that a balanced whole food unprocessed diet is essential, but what you eat/drink around training is more vital for your progress. The best pre-workout food needs to be a good combination of carbs with protein, as they help you in maintaining good energy levels while working out. For e. G, fruits + nut butter (like peanut or almond) or 1 fruit with handful of nuts or 1 bowl of curd with fruits (yogurt parfait) or boiled sweet potato with handful of nuts. One of these combos is a must for gym beginners because their bodies aren t used to any physical exertion and a sudden bout without proper fuelling may make them go hypoglycaemic and cause dizziness. 3. Hydrate well Staying well hydrated before a workout is also one of the basic requirements. Do not start with any new activity without attaining good hydration levels. If we start our workout in a dehydrated state, it adversely affects our performance. The water intake must start 2 to 3 hours before a workout or any sporting activity. If a person sweats too much or works out in scorching heat, he must have at least 500-600ml of water 2-3 hours prior to exercise. The best way to ensure that you are hydrating yourself well is, to weigh yourself before and after the exercise/event and drink at least 400-500 ml of water for every 1 pound lost.
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Penis Health and Vitamin D - Introducing the Miracle Nutrient

Dr. Vinod Raina 94% (4752 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Health and Vitamin D - Introducing the Miracle Nutrient
Of all the vitamins out there, vitamin D is, perhaps, one of the most well-known; possibly because well-meaning moms and dads have been telling their growing children from day 1 that they need to drink their milk with vitamin D for strong teeth and bones. Well, Mom and Dad weren't just pulling a fast one on their kids; vitamin D is, in fact, an essential nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D also performs other important functions in the body - including supporting penile health! That's right, men, getting lots of vitamin D helps support healthy bones -and boners - so be sure to get the recommend daily amount of this essential nutrient from now on to experience the following penis health benefits. Vitamin D - the Miracle Vitamin Vitamin D is known in many circles as the miracle vitamin. It performs "miracles" throughout the body, but is especially helpful with keeping everything down there running smoothly. Not only can it help improve one's overall sexual health; it also improves the appearance and texture of the penile skin. Vitamin D and the immune system: Vitamin D is critical to supporting the body's immune system; in fact, it helps the body to ward off bacteria and viruses that can cause infection. Vitamin D is what is known as an antioxidant - those superheroes in the body that fight the free radicals often are linked to cancer - which means getting enough vitamin D, along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can help keep the entire body healthy. Vitamin D is also a big supporter of cardiovascular health, which is a contributing factor to erectile function and sexual performance. So by keeping the heart healthy, the penis is healthier, too! Now, who's thirsty for milk? Vitamin D and sexual health: Not only does vitamin D support heart health for a healthy erection, it supports penis health in general. Studies have found that men who do not get enough vitamin D are more prone to erectile dysfunction and even suffer from decreased sperm count! This is especially important news to men who are trying to get their partner pregnant, as vitamin D can ensure he has enough swimmers to get the job done and his penis is able to rise to the occasion. Vitamin D and healthy skin: While most men may not think about the smoothness of their skin, vitamin D does help to keep the skin hydrated and itch-free. Yes, that includes the delicate skin of the penis, too. Whether a man is suffering from jock itch, psoriasis, skin rashes, premature aging, or even penis wrinkling - vitamin D can help to prevent and reduce all those skin problems and more. Sources of vitamin D There are three primary ways for a man to get his daily vitamin D intake: food, sun exposure, or vitamin supplements. Men who want to pump up their diets should focus on foods like whole milk, salmon, tuna, eggs, portabella mushrooms, eel, and liver. The sun can also provide a nice healthy boost of D, as the rays of the sun help to stimulate the body's natural production of vitamin D - but given the fact that too much sun exposure can burn the skin, men should not rely on the sun for all of their vitamin D needs. Lastly, men can choose to take vitamin supplements to help them reach their recommended daily dose of vitamin D of 600 IU. Men especially interested in the penis benefits of vitamin D should also use a penis vitamin cream that is loaded with vitamin D (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil). Applying the penis vitamin lotion directly on the penis also allows for maximum absorption, as the nutrients are delivered right where they are needed most.
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Relation Between Vitamin D Deficiency And Bone Problems!

Dr. Neetan Sachdeva 89% (23 ratings)
DNB - Orthopedics, Diploma In Orthopaedics, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Fellowship In Rheumatology & Joint Dosorder
Orthopedist, Delhi
Relation Between Vitamin D Deficiency And Bone Problems!
When we speak of bone health, calcium is usually the hero of the story. However, by itself, calcium is not enough for healthy bones. Vitamin D is equally important for healthy bones and the prevention of orthopedic conditions. What does Vitamin D do? Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium from the food being eaten. It also controls the calcium and phosphate levels in the body. This is critical for the growth and development of new bones. Vitamin D also controls how much calcium and phosphates are being expelled by the body. In this way, vitamin D helps strengthen the bones and improve overall bone health. Vitamin D Deficiency Vitamin D is not commonly found in food. It is present only in certain types of oily fishes, egg yolks and mushrooms. Most of the vitamin D we eat comes from fortified cereals, breads and dairy products. The sun is an important source of vitamin D but exposing yourself to too much sunlight could cause various skin problems. Thus, vitamin D deficiency is very common. When it comes to bone health, vitamin D deficiency can cause low-density bones. This, in turn, can cause rickets and osteoporosis. People with vitamin D deficiency are likely to suffer frequent fractures. Vitamin D deficiency can also cause skeletal deformities such as bow legs and a stooped spine. Vitamin D and Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a musculoskeletal condition that is marked by low bone density. Studies have shown that people with osteoporosis have lower levels of vitamin D as compared to others. Some studies also suggest that fractures are more common in winter as compared to summer. The winter sun is often hazy and many days can go by without strong sunlight. Thus it can be inferred that people do not get their required quota of vitamin D from the sunlight in winters leading to a deficiency and aggravated osteoporosis-related fractures. Who is most susceptible to bone conditions caused by vitamin D deficiency? Vitamin D deficiency is a very common condition across the globe. Some surveys have claimed that approximately 30% of the global population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. People with dark skin, women and elderly people are most susceptible to this deficiency. People suffering from kidney diseases may also be affected by vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D supplements are usually very helpful in combatting this deficiency. These can be taken by young children as well as adults.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Have very low vitamin D and increased uric acid and slightly increased thyroid. I came to know this last week. From that time I am taking medicine. What should I have to eat or drink and what I do not.

Dr. Sonal Patel 90% (11 ratings)
Homeopath, Mumbai
Take lot of water and fruits In Gout avoid alcohol, brinjal, cheese, spices, fish, fried things, pulses, meat, sour things Raw juice made from alfalfa carrot, beet, celery, cucumber, and parsley taken twice will be helpful Lime juice and pineapple is also very helpful.

Will vitamin D save my life? Should I really be taking four times the recommended daily dose?

Dr. Jagdish Prasad Mehrotra 92% (1547 ratings)
General Physician, Gurgaon

Hi sir meri age 33 hai weight 59 h mere hand me phle jalan tha aur ab back me ho rha h halka sa aur kvi kvi pure body me jalan ho jata h kvi kvi alag alag body parts me halka jalan hota h Mujge vitamin D ki kmi h mera vitamin D 27 h.

Dr. Shivram Sinwar 93% (7907 ratings)
M.D.(Ayu.) Basic Principles, B.A.M.S., I.P.G.T.& R.A., GAU
Ayurveda, Ajmer
Hi Lybrate User First Avoid oily spicy fried salty heavy acidic foods and cold drinks etc. Take Syp Purodil 20 ml two times a day. Take syp Mangishtadi kashyam 20 ml two times a day. These medicines definitely cure your problem. For more information you can consult me. Take care Thanks Regards.
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I am 40 years old. Recently I gave blood samples .I got reports but I have vitamin D deficiency 15.0 pls how to improve Vitamin D.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 94% (15908 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Take three injection weekly interval foe 3 weeks then contact me for oral treatment. Also take Tab. CCM once daily with meal.

My vitamin D level is 10 and b12 is 250. I want injections for speedy recovery of deficiency. Please suggest medicine and course.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 86% (23906 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Calcitriol injection is used to provide vitamin D and it has ti be taken under the guidance of a doctor

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