Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for many bodily functions and the best way to get it is from sun exposure. Recent studies have also indicated that vitamin D deficiency is related to impaired glucose metabolism even in people who are not overweight.
Some 2015 studies suggest that up to half the world’s population suffers from some degree of vitamin D deficiency due to inadequate sun exposure and limited intake from dietary sources. Vitamin D is made in the skin and acts as a steroid hormone precursor. This hormone activates up to 1,000 of the 21,000 active genes in the human genome. There are thirty-seven different tissues in the human body that use vitamin D and need it to function properly.
So, if you live in a northern climate or have a job that keeps you indoors all the time it may be worth asking your doctor to test your blood for vitamin D deficiency.
Health Risks Related to Vitamin D Deficiency:
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Glucose intolerance
- Metabolic syndrome
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Asthma in children
- Muscular problems
- Skeletal problems
- Multiple Sclerosis
Vegans have a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency, especially if sun exposure is limited, because alternate ways of getting vitamin D are through animal sources such as fish products, egg yolks, cheese, fortified milk, and beef liver.
You may not experience symptoms, or your symptoms might be mistaken for something else, so it’s worth doing the simple blood test to find out. Some common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are:
- muscle/joint pain and weakness
- bone pain
- tiredness or fatigue
Older Adults at Greater Risk
As we get older the body has a harder time absorbing vitamin D from the sun and activating it in the kidneys. Taking vitamin D supplements may be necessary for people over 50, especially for those who are unable to get outdoors enough, live in a northern climate or have other health risk factors.
Sunshine, a nutrient rich diet and exercise are the best preventative measures you can make to decrease your risk for a multitude of health problems. It’s difficult to give a specific prescription for sun exposure because factors like age, skin color, climate and geographic location will influence what each person needs. However, it’s been suggested that at least 30 minutes of direct sunlight several days a week is a healthy place to start.
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