What do you think of when you hear Vitamin D levels? Do you think of osteoporosis or bone fractures? Vitamin D is needed to grow and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium from foods and supplements. Having a good Vitamin D level is also proven to boost energy from within the cells. Doctors are concerned that people may have a deficiency with their Vitamin D levels and may want to have their patients Vitamin D level tested.

Having a Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem. It can cause loss of bone density that can lead to osteoporosis, fractures and osteomalacia.  In children it can cause rickets. Symptoms of low levels of Vitamin D are:

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  • Osteoporosis (thinning or brittle bones)
  • Frequent bone fractures
  • Muscle weakness or pain
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Getting sick or infected often
  • Bone pain
  • Decreased sleep

If you think you may have any of the symptoms please see your provider. Adults with long periods of low Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Depression

The normal in take amount of Vitamin D is 25-100mg/day but before taking any supplements consult your provider first. That way the your healthcare team can monitor what amount would be best for you. Some foods that are high in Vitamin D are:

  • Fatty Fish (Tuna, Mackerel and Salmon)
  • Foods fortified with Vitamin D some dairy products, Orange juice and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Egg yolks

Here are some other ways to get more Vitamin D:

  • Spend time in the sunlight
  • Eat fortified Vitamin D foods
  • Eat fatty fish
  • Eat mushrooms
  • Take vitamin supplements
  • Try a UV lamp

If you don’t spend much time in the sun and rarely eat fatty fish, consider supplementing but consulting your doctor first. Getting enough vitamin D can go a long way to boosting your health.

Author: Dixie Duerksen, Medical Lab Technician

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