If you are concerned you may have Vitamin D deficiency symptoms, your worries are not unfounded. A recent study (March, 2010) surprised doctors at the McGill University Health Center, who found an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Health Canada and the U.S. Institute of Medicine are jointly studying the latest science to review recommended intakes for vitamin D dosage.
Severe Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
Osteomalacia (similar to rickets but in adults)
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency:
Most people do not show symptoms of vitamin D deficiency until complications are present, such as a fracture. If symptoms are present they may include:
Loss of appetite
Burning sensation in the mouth and throat
Causes of vitamin D deficiency:
What increases our need of vitamin D? What destroys it or reduces the amount absorbed?
The preservative sodium benzoate, found in many processed foods
Synthetic estrogen – the pill
Cholestyramine – cholesterol lowering medication
Some illnesses – an intestine that is not absorbing nutrients well, weak kidneys, etc
Some medications - anticonvulsants
Who has a greater need for vitamin D?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women
Those who do not get enough sun
People with intestinal, liver, gall bladder or kidney disorders
The challenge lies in that right now no one really knows how much Vitamin D we need, however more and more studies are linking diseases, including cancer, to vitamin D deficiency. If you find you have symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, ask your Doctor for a vitamin D blood test. Explore the vitamin D - osteoporosis link for more information.