Hey you! Yes, you are reading this and you probably think that this is just a waste of time. From your formative learning, you understand that you can get adequate Vitamin D from being exposed to sunlight. So how could you ever suffer from Vitamin D deficiency if you spend at least 30 minutes a day outdoors? However, before ignoring this blog post and claiming to know it all, just spare 5 minutes of your time to read through the whole article. After all, what do you have to lose?
Although a lack of the sunshine vitamin is more common in children under the age of 10, it may still affect adults. So if you notice yourself experiencing the following symptoms, you should definitely go for a blood test. This way you’d be able to monitor your Vitamin D levels and to determine if you are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. Some of these symptoms include:
1. Change of Mood
The human body secretes serotonin which impacts our mood. Serotonin secretion increases after the exposure of our body to sunlight. Recent studies have shown that low levels may lead to depression. Thus, it is proven that there is a relationship between Vitamin D and mood changes.
2. Fatigue and Tiredness
Do you tire easily from completing menial tasks? Then you may be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. Studies have shown that low blood levels can result in daytime fatigue, which may also be indicative of low levels of vitamin D.
In a case study, a patient claimed to be easily fatigued and doctors noticed that his blood level was 5.9ng/ml- which was below the standard 20ng/ml. When the patient took Vitamin D supplements, his blood level rose to 39ng/ml. Additionally, his alleviated blood levels helped cure his daytime fatigue.
3. Low Immunity
Vitamin D is extremely crucial for various bodily functions. For example, it aids the body in fighting diseases and boosts the immune system. It also works with white blood cells to protect the body from illnesses. So if you fall sick frequently, low levels of vitamin D could be the reason why. Research has proven true the relationship between low vitamin D levels and respiratory diseases like the cold.
4. Low Bone Density
Vitamin D plays a critical role in calcium absorption and bone metabolism. Patients who suffer from a deficiency tend to have a low bone density. This is as calcium and other nutrients are not absorbed by the body. A study conducted on women aged 45-65 showed that there was a relationship between low vitamin D levels and low bone density.
5. Hair Loss
Did you know that hair loss can be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency? Although hair loss is commonly related to stress, studies have shown there is a link between low levels of Vitamin D to hair loss in women. Low levels of Vitamin D can also lead to Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease characterized by severe hair loss.
6. Muscle Pain
According to medical research conducted in Kashmir, low levels of Vitamin D can lead to muscle pain and sensitivity. According to medical research, there is a link between muscle pain and low levels of Vitamin D. To alleviate the problem, patients were given Vitamin D supplements, and this helped to reduce the pain.
7. Excessive Sweating
One of the first signs of low levels of Vitamin D in the body is excessive sweating. Individuals who suffer from a deficiency tend to sweat a lot even in regular room settings or even when inactive.
In the 1930s, low levels of Vitamin D were prevalent in the United States and Europe. However, this was changed with the introduction of fortified foods. However, the surprising aspect is that Vitamin D deficiency is once again slowly creeping into our society and it is currently affecting our elderly and unexpectedly, a fraction of young adults. So the next time you start developing the above symptoms, it is best that you visit your doctor for testing.
If you’re interested in learning more about the sunshine vitamin, read on more about it in our biomarker post on Vitamin D here!