Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that greatly influences the systems of our body from ensuring calcium supply to our bones to strengthening our immune system. We normally get this vitamin from foods, supplements, and the sun’s rays, but when something goes wrong and we face vitamin D deficiency, our body systems may break.
Here at More Shout, we’ve studied the most common signs of low vitamin D levels and we want to tell you what we’ve found.
1. Head sweating
© Master Sgt. Michel Sauret / U.S. Army Reserve
There is a variety of symptoms that can indicate your vitamin D level is low. Scientific literature describes excessive sweating in newborns as one of the early signs of the lack of this vitamin. One of the most non-obvious symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in adults is excessive head sweating compared to the rest of the body. If your head sweats a lot this may be related to the lack of vitamin D in your body and you might need to consult your doctor.
2. Bone pain
Lack of vitamin D can impair the body’s ability to put calcium into bone tissue, which can lead to osteomalacia or weakening of the bones. A vitamin D deficiency can be associated with various musculoskeletal pains, in particular, with tibial bone pain and tenderness. It’s recommended to ensure a daily intake of the necessary amount of Vitamin D to avoid bone pain, bone fractures, and related diseases like osteoporosis.
3. Muscle pain
Vitamin D affects not only our bones but our muscles as well. Lack of this vitamin may cause severe muscle pain, weakness, reduced muscle mass and poor muscle recovery after intense physical activity. Low levels of vitamin D can also cause chronic widespread pain in the body, which is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia.
4. A weak immune system
Vitamin D plays a huge role in supporting our immune system. Unknowingly, doctors started to use this vitamin to treat infections a long time ago before antibiotics were discovered. Tuberculosis patients, for example, were sent to sanatoriums where they were exposed to sunlight which, as doctors then thought, directly killed the infection. So, if you suffer from frequent viral infections, low vitamin D levels might be the reason.
5. Fatigue and weakness
We often tend to attribute fatigue and tiredness to a busy lifestyle or lack of sleep. It turns out, however, that the lack of vitamin D in the body may also be involved. A study that observed the effect of vitamin D supplementation on patients with fatigue showed significant reduction of fatigue symptoms after the normalization of vitamin D levels.
6. Slow wound healing
A study has shown that 12 weeks of the vitamin D supplementation resulted in a significant reduction of wounds among patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Scientists believe that vitamin D had a positive effect on stabilizing blood glucose and cholesterol levels in the patients under research. If your wounds heal slowly (especially if you have diabetes), pay attention to the level of this vitamin in your body.
7. Hair loss
There are many factors that can trigger hair loss, and vitamin D deficiency is one of them. Lack of this vitamin may lead to an impaired hair cycling process, thinning hair and hair loss. Vitamin D plays an integral part in the hair growth process at the point of the hair’s origination and may be used as a supplement aimed at hair loss treatment.
8. Anxiety and depression
Vitamin D is a unique vitamin that influences many parts of our bodies, including the brain. After the vitamin is consumed by food or synthesized in our skin, it releases neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that influence brain functioning. According to scientists, a lack of vitamin D can lead to anxiety, depression and can even be related to mental illnesses including schizophrenia.
If you have any of the signs of a vitamin D deficiency, plan a visit to your doctor who will evaluate the level of this vitamin in your body and prescribe you the needed dose of vitamin D.
Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms? Do you know your level of vitamin D? Tell us in the comments!
Preview photo credit Master Sgt. Michel Sauret / U.S. Army Reserve
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