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Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle health, but it affects many other aspects of our health.

If these symptoms sound familiar, talk to your doctor about testing your Vitamin D levels and adding a supplement to your routine :

  • You are constantly sick. Research suggests vitamin D may affect our immune system.
  • You are easily exhausted. Vitamin D’s involvement in the immune system may impact our sleep-wake cycle.
  • Your Bone density is declining. Vitamin D helps our bones absorb calcium, which they need to grow and stay strong.
  • You have back pain. Vitamin D may be involved in age related muscle and strength loss.
  • You are feeling blue. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of depression later in life.
  • Your muscle are always sore. Vitamin D deficiency can deprive our muscle of calcium, which they need to function properly.
  • You are losing hair. Some studies have lined hair loss and low vitamin D levels in women.

The best way for doctors to measure how much vitamin D is in your body is with a blood test called the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. Not everyone should get this screening test. Experts recommend it for people at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Your doctor will tell you if you need this test. A test result below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) shows you do not have enough vitamin D. You may need to repeat the 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood test during treatment of vitamin D deficiency. This will show your response to treatment.

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    • Glad you liked the article. Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients—because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage

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