Vitamin “D” Deficiency…..

Vitamin D deficiency is actually more prevalent that you would expect. With such an emphasis on not going out into the sun we are now seeing more people having a lack of vitamin D in their bodies. Other causes are when people are on a strict vegetarian diet, because most of the natural sources of vitamin D are found in animal-based food such as: fish, fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, fortified milk, beef, liver and fortified dairy and grain products. The body makes vitamin D when our skin becomes exposed to sunlight. A few studies have shown that older adults with darker skin are at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency. Also as people age their digestive tract and kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, therefore increasing their risk of vitamin D deficiency. Certain disease states such as Crohns, type1 and type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and celiac can occur when the vitamin is not present. People who are obese are also in the high risk category of not being able to absorb the vitamin.

If for instance that you are overweight or obese then Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into our circulation system. It is common to see people with a BMI of over 30 to have low levels of the vitamin. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from our diets. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal malfunctions. Vitamin D deficiency we now believe can be responsible for a range of other disorders as well. Symptoms vary for individuals, but many who are deficient will have some of the following symptoms: bone pain and muscle weakness. If left for a long period we increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, asthma in our kids, some cancers, and some cognitive impairment in adults as they age. To be sure you are actually vitamin D deficient then you must see your doctor and ask for a test before assuming anything.

Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency

Treatment for vitamin D deficiency involves getting more vitamin D — through diet, the sun and via a prescription for your local GP.

Once you have ascertained that you are in fact deficient and have this situation rectified, ensure you embark on a good diet and exercise regime.

By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

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