Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is defined as a vitamin D level that is below normal. It most commonly occurs in people when they have inadequate sunlight exposure (in particular sunlight with adequate ultraviolet B rays (UVB)). Vitamin D deficiency can also be caused by inadequate nutritional intake of vitamin D, disorders limiting vitamin D absorption, and conditions impairing vitamin D conversion into active metabolites—including certain liver, kidney, and hereditary disorders. Deficiency impairs bone mineralization, leading to bone softening diseases such as rickets in children. It can also worsen osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults, leading to an increased risk of bone fractures.

Spend time in sunlight. Vitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because the sun is one of the best sources of this nutrient.
  • Symptoms
  • Easily get bone fractures

    common

    Fatigue

    Back pain

    or Bone pain

    Joint pain

    • In fingers, Knees, Both sides of the body, At hip

    or Toes arthralgia

    Muscle pain

    Thinning or loss of hair anywhere

    • At scalp

    Depression

  • Risk factors
  • Lack of sunlight exposure

    Exclusively breastfed

    • Without vitamin d

    Vegan or vegetarian diet

    Overweight or obese

    Antiseizure drugs

    Pregnant

    Gluten intolerance

    or Inflammation of the colon

    or Cystic fibrosis

    Kidney failure or on dialysis

    Smoking

    Liver cirrhosis

  • Treatment
  • A vitamin D deficiency may be treated with vitamin D supplementation. You may find these easily over the counter, but you should ask your doctor for specific recommendations to ensure the right dosage.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Vitamin D Deficiency, then a visit to a general practitioner is recommended.

    Contact a

    General practitioner

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