Vitamin D is a fat-soluble substance that is associated with the absorption of magnesium, phosphate, and calcium in the intestine as well as other biological processes in our bodies. The major natural source of vitamin D is sunlight, thus being called the “sunshine” vitamin. While foods rich in vitamin D—such as beef liver, fish and fish oils, and fortified dairy products—provide a part of the daily needed amount for our bodies, it is not the same as regular exposure to the sun and taking supplements. Older people, people with little exposure to sunlight, people suffering from malnutrition are at a higher risk for suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency may go unnoticed, hence it is recommended to take a test to determine its levels in the body. Some of the symptoms include:
• Muscle aches and weakness
• Light-headedness
• Osteoporosis
• Rickets
• Depression

Risks and complications of Vitamin D deficiency include developing dementia, heart disease, prostate cancer, schizophrenia, and severe eating disorders.

  1. July 28, 2018

    Yes, deficiency of vitamin D can cause bone pain and muscle weakness. However, mild vitamin D deficiency is not necessarily associated with any symptoms. Vitamin D has been referred to as the “sunlight vitamin” because it is made in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight.

  2. July 30, 2018

    The symptoms mentioned in the article above are absolutely correct, however, their are few more which can be considered as the signs of vitamin D deficiency such as getting sick or infected very often, fatigue and tiredness, impaired wound healing, hair loss and muscle pain. The most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body is the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test. A level of 20-50 ng/mL is considered adequate and a level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.

  3. August 24, 2018

    By experts opinion that the deficiency of vitamin D also leads to weak muscles. Research has proved that with vitamin D supplementation it can increase muscle control. It has even been found that adults over 60 only 20% have reported having fallen sick. Thanks for the post with lots of information regarding vitamin D.

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