What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Lead To

When there is a Vitamin D deficiency it is called Hypovitaminosis D.  

Reasons for deficiency
Deficiency arises due to
  1. Heredity reasons (this happens less frequently)
  2. Decreased exposure to sunlight that contains ultra violet B rays. This may be on cloudy days, in winter, in places of low latitudes and in the polar region where there is no sunlight for six months
  3. Inability to convert Vitamin D absorption into relevant agents of metabolism, because of impaired functioning of liver and/or kidney
  4. Inability to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight in spite of exposure
  5. The complexion color also determines the amount of Vitamin D absorbed; a darker complexioned person absorbs a lesser amount of Vitamin D from sunlight than a lighter complexioned person. 
  6. The reason is believed to be that the stronger pigmentation of the dark complexion prevents easy absorption. 

What deficiency leads to

Deficiency of Vitamin D leads to a broad spectrum of health complications ranging from simple to severe. The most significant problems that arise due to deficiency of the Vitamin are diseases caused by softening of bone because of poor mineralization of bones. 
Bones lose shape, and become more brittle and thinner. Osteomalacia, osteoporosis, osteopinia (in adults) and rickets (in children) are glaring examples. The deficiency also leads to retardation in growth due to impairment of the skeletal system In fact, optimum supplementing of Vitamin D was seen to reduce the risk of fractures in a group of people participating in a study. .
The reasons of deficiency of Vitamin D together cause the following health related problems as several studies have shown.
  • Pain in the muscular, nervous and/or skeletal systems (including the joints)
  • Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Increases risk for onset of cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, pancreas, ovarian, esophagus and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Increases risk for onset of hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular diseases and multiple sclerosis
  • Risk of psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and depression
  • Increased severity of symptoms for asthma and tuberculosis  
Daily dose
Staying exposed to natural sunlight (preferably before noon) for about 15 to 20 minutes, twice a week, takes care of the Vitamin D quota for a healthy person. For those not getting that amount of sunlight, for various reasons, experts suggest a daily dose of 1000 IU of Vitamin D. Overdosing of Vitamin D too can cause a wide range of health disorders like dizziness, depression, nausea, tiredness, lack of appetite and so on. 
Vitamin D is as important as or more important than calcium for our bone health. Its beneficial effect on the overall metabolism of a person is invaluable. It is necessary to supplement this Vitamin whenever deficiency is seen, so that holistic health profile improves considerably. Taking the right amount of Vitamin D, (not more and not less) ensures good health of a person today and for the future.
Blurb: Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is available directly from natural sunlight. For people not able to absorb it naturally supplements are recommended. Supplementing Vitamin D can keep you protected from a wide range of health problems. The nutrient is effective only if the correct dosage is taken. Overdose of Vitamin D is also fraught with health problems. It is necessary to be aware of the effectiveness and efficiency of the nutrient in order to derive its maximum benefit.

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