Vitamin D is one of the four fat soluble vitamins needed by us and works on a number of important factors in our body. It not only plays a significant role in maintain bone density, bone mineralization, muscular strength, immune function, but also for regulation of other biomolecules and regulatory genes.
So deficiency of Vitamin D can cause health problems related of bones such as Osteoporosis, osteomalacia (fragile bones), muscular pain, reduced immunity and neuromuscular functions. Vitamin D has also been linked to cancer, inflammatory disorders, diabetes, dementia, bone disorders and many other disorders. The deficiency is also the cause of rickets which is softening of bone in children due to poor bone health. The low levels of vitamin D are also associated with stress fractures and sports injuries in active people.
Therefore, it is very important to get tested for vitamin D levels if haven’t already and it is equally important to optimize the levels if required!
The deficiency can arise in anyone and one must get tested for it through a simple blood test – 25(OH) D test. The symptoms associated with sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D in blood are:
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Bone Loss
- Impaired Wound Healing
- Bone and Back Pain
- Low Immunity
- Mood changes or Depression
- Hair Loss