Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
- Low birth weight
- Impaired teeth development
- Impaired bone development
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 1
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Manic Depression
- Cervical Cancer
- Colon Cancer.
Are You "Vitamin D" Deficient ?
A surprising number of people of all ages are lacking adequate vitamin D and could suffer vitamin D deficiency symptoms.
Anyone over 60 is at greater risk, in part because older bodies are less efficient at manufacturing vitamin D from sunlight. Sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D, and that's why it’s called the "sunshine vitamin". It is manufactured by the body from the action of sunlight on bare skin. It requires the exposure of the face and arms to only about twenty minutes of direct sun or forty minutes of early morning or late afternoon sun.
Dark–skinned people require about twice as long to get a day’s supply of vitamin D. Most people don’t get enough of it because they are in the habit of avoiding exposure to sunlight at all costs. This is unnatural behaviour and they are suffering from it.
Are You at Risk?
The test that measures blood levels of 25 hydroxyl-vitamin D, the partially activated form of vitamin D, costs about $100 and may be covered by your health insurance. Talk to your doctor and consider making it part of your regular physical.