Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D Deficiency oftenly causes mild cases of depression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Vitamin D?

Though it is obviously called Vitamin D, this substance is not actually a vitamin in its truest sense, since it can be synthesized by exposure to sunlight. The real definition of a vitamin is a substance that cannot be synthesized by the organism, but comes from the diet or dietary supplementation. This exception to the rule is what has led this substance to be known as the sunshine vitamin.

 

How Does Vitamin D Work?

Vitamin D is most important to the maintenance of strong bones and teeth. It aids in the calcium absorption in the digestive tract and helps calcium to be absorbed by the bones. It also aids in keeping the calcium and phosphorus levels higher in the brain, skin, kidneys, and breasts. Without Vitamin D bones will deteriorate and become unhealthy. This is one of the most common ailments of adults in the United States.

 

Recent years have shown that many people who were once believed to have sufficient Vitamin D levels in their bodies were in fact deficient. Better testing of the Vitamin D levels in the blood system have shown that adult onset deficits and adult rickets are very common. The ongoing and continued starvation of the bones from these vital building blocks can cause osteoporosis and osteoneucrosis in the bones of adults.

 

What Is The Best Way To Get Vitamin D?

Some of the best ways to get Vitamin D is by the absorption of sunlight, eating fish such as tuna, salmon, and flounder, milk, pork, eggs, some types of mushrooms, liver and some cheeses as well as pill or liquid supplements.

 

What Are The Complications of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Soft, brittle, and weaker bones are the most common effects that can lead to the literal death of the bones (osteoneucrosis), however there are other signs that the Vitamin D in the body is at a low level before it reaches that point.

 

  • Psoriasis – A skin disease, that is likely to be resulting from a considerable lack of Vitamin D.
  • Muscle Weakness – This can come as a complication due to the poor connections between the muscles and the bones.
  • Kidney Disease – This can be common when low levels of Vitamin D are present. This is due to improper metabolism of calcium within the body.
  • Diabetes – This can be reduced due to the introduction of Vitamin D during childhood. Long term tests on children have shown that proper levels during childhood are carried into adulthood.
  • Cardiovascular Disease – This is common if Vitamin D levels are low. This is believed to be due to the fact that hypertension is higher among people who do not have good nutritional vitamin levels.
  • Schizophrenia, Depression, And Other Neurological Disorders – These seem to be linked to low levels of Vitamin D due to the poor growth of proper receptors in the brain during the formation of the fetus in the womb and young developmental ages of children.
  • Tooth Decay – This is obvious, however other periodontal diseases marked by bleeding gums can be linked to poor levels of vitamins in the system that allow bacteria and other harmful microbes to grow in the mouth.
  • The Flu And Other Respiratory Diseases – Even asthma have been linked to low levels of Vitamin D in the systems of the test subjects.

 

Vitamin D levels should be monitored by a physician, Vitamin D toxicity can result if too much of the substance is found in the bodily system or if too much sunlight is absorbed.

 

 

 

 

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