The availability of health information has given a lot of people the power to make healthy choices. In addressing vitamin D problems and likely deficiencies, most people have gone the preventive route to take balanced diets, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and bask for several hours to maximize on vitamin D absorption. While this is commendable, there are chances that you could be neglecting a very important issue that puts you at risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
As a matter of fact, lots people across the world either suffer or are at risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. To know whether you are in this category or not, you need to do a blood test so that you are aware of where you stand. Below are some telltale signs that you are running low on the D vitamin.
While nursing mothers complain they can’t tell whether their newborns are deficient or not, the good news is a sweaty forehead can tell it all. This applies also for adults; when you are glowing with sweat and yet your activity level is steady or your temperature is inching close to 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit and yet you are in a moderate environment, you should consider vitamin D test.
Unexpected and Noticeable Weakness
In as much as the first sign of weakness is commonly related to exhaustion and insufficient shut-eye, vitamin D deficiency can also cause some unexplainable weaknesses and low muscle strength. Vitamin D supplementation according to Harvard researchers helps in powering every fiber of your muscles thus giving you increased muscle control and for those around 60 years old, 20% fewer falls.
Your body stops building bone mass at about the age of 30. This means inadequate vitamin D levels in your blood can worsen or speed up osteoporosis symptoms. This is according to a research done and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The best way to satisfy your vitamin D requirements is by adopting a three-pronged strategy: diet, supplements and sun exposure.
Even though it is at times subtle, some people experience instances of bone aches and pains, signs of osteomalacia. People who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia or arthritis are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, no wonder they too often complain of joints and muscle pain. If you are experiencing pain in your joints and muscle discomforts which lasts several weeks, you should make a point of seeing your doctor for a vitamin D test.
Depression is often linked to vitamin D deficiency and shortage. While the research linking the two is still ongoing, the Vitamin D Council suggests that vitamin D works in the same brain areas and affects the same hormones such as serotonin which is responsible for controlling your mood.
The best approach when you notice any of these symptoms is to seek prompt medical advice because the delayed response may make the condition dire.
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