Seven Serious Signs You are Deficient in Vitamin D
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that 70 percent of children, ages six to eleven, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D. Researchers estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk for vitamin D deficiency. (1)
Seventy percent of children, ages 6-11 are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D!
Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, asthma and cancer. Bone pain and muscle weakness are common symptoms associated with vitamin D deficiency. (2)
With this information, it makes perfect sense that vitamin D deficiency could be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. A new study found a correlation between women under the age of 50 with carpal tunnel syndrome and vitamin D deficiency. (3)
Carpal tunnel syndrome is compressive neuropathy in the upper extremity. Recent studies have found a link between vitamin D and peripheral nerve disorder. These studies suggest that vitamin D can help the nerves recover. (3)
New study shows connection between vitamin D deficiency and carpal tunnel syndrome!
The same vitamin D deficiency has been found in those who experience peripheral neuropathy associated with diabetes, and those who experience neuropathy in relationship to Sjogren’s syndrome.(3)
Signs or symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
If you are curious as to whether you are deficient in vitamin D, you can always have your blood levels tested. If getting a blood test is not on your horizon, the following signs and symptoms may be helpful in knowing how to tell if you are vitamin D deficient. (1)
- Darker Skin: Those with darker skin have a greater risk of being deficient in vitamin D. Individuals with dark skin need 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with light or pale skin.
- Feeling Blue: Serotonin increases with exposure to the sun and decreases if your sun exposure is limited. Studies show that low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of depression.
- Over the Hill: Fifty doesn’t feel so old, but crossing over the 50 mark does mean that your skin does not make as much vitamin D in response to sun exposure. Researchers have also found that that after 50, your kidneys become less efficient in converting vitamin D into a useable form.
- Overweight, Obese, or Muscular: Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which means body fat collects it. If you are overweight or obese, then you may need more vitamin D. If your body mass is larger due to muscle mass, you too may need more vitamin D than someone with less body mass.
- Aching Bones: Many people with vitamin D deficiency are misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue and aches and pains are classic signs of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency causes a defect in the body’s ability to put calcium into the collagen matrix. This is what causes throbbing, aching bone pain.
- Head Sweating: Excessive sweating is a classic sign of vitamin D deficiency. Many doctors assess this in newborns, to assess for neuromuscular irritability, a common early symptom of vitamin D deficiency.
- Gut Trouble: Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which means if you have a gastrointestinal condition that makes fat absorption a problem, you may also have lower absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. (1)
With winter around the corner, it may be a wise idea to assess and reassess for these signs and symptoms. If you experience any of the above, it may be a good idea to begin supplementing with a high quality vitamin D supplement. Talk to a trusted practitioner and remember to research for yourself. Supplementation, increasing foods that are high in vitamin D, and getting outdoors all year round are ways to help improve vitamin D levels!
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