The only real way of knowing if you are Vitamin D deficient is to have a blood test.

As our understanding of Vitamin D improves, we have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to bone development, heart health and is so important that all cells have a need for Vitamin D.

 

Are you at risk of Vitamin D?

 

Risk Factors include

  • Being overweight
  • An indoor lifestyle
  • Dark Skin
  • Living far from the equator
  • Using Sunscreen
  • Being fully covered outdoors

 

If you are deficient in Vitamin D, you could suffer from the following

 

  • Getting Sick Often. Vitamin D is essential for your immune system to fight off illness. Suffering from repeated cold is associated with vitamin D deficiency.
  • Feeling Fatigued and tired. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with fatigue.
  • Bone and Back Pain. 
  • Depression
  • Slow wound Healing
  • Bone Loss
  • Hair Loss

 

The key step if you are concerned about your Vitamin D level is to test your levels. Consult your doctor for advice on how to safely raise your Vitamin D levels.

 

In consultation with your doctor

  • Be in the morning or afternoon sun for 15-20minutes
  • Take supplementation

 

References:

PubMed Vitamin D deficiency and lower respiratory tract infections in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.

PubMed Resolution of hypersomnia following identification and treatment of vitamin d deficiency.

PubMed Effects of vitamin D supplementation on symptoms of depression in overweight and obese subjects: a randomized double-blind trial.

PubMed Low vitamin D, and bone mineral density with depressive symptoms burden in menopausal and postmenopausal women.

PubMed Association between vitamin D levels and alopecia areata.