Got achy bones? Vitamin D deficiency might be the culprit

Feeling tired lately? Do you have trouble getting out of bed even after a full night’s sleep? Are your bones tired and achy to the point they feel bruised? Does a simple task feel like too much to accomplish? Are you struggling with your daily activities? Raise your hands if you’re experiencing these symptoms (I just did).

A possible explanation for these symptoms might be a deficiency of Vitamin D. When was the last time you had your blood work done? Did you get your Vitamin D level checked? A normal level is anywhere above ‘30’ and levels below ‘20’ are considered deficient.  The lower your level is, higher the chances of your bones getting fractured even with a slightest fall. Vitamin D deficiency is more common than you think, especially in females.

Sources of Vitamin D

Now let’s find out about a few symptoms to look out for:

Low immunity:

A major role of Vitamin D is to strengthen our immune system so we can easily fight off bacteria and viruses. If you fall sick easily and catch the flu often, you might have a low level of vitamin D.

Fatigue:

There are a number of reasons why you are feeling tired and a deficiency of Vitamin D might be one of them. A number of case studies have shown how low levels of this vitamin create a negative impact on our lives. In one case, a woman who complained of chronic daytime fatigue and headaches was found to have a vitamin D blood level of only 5.9 ng/ml. This is extremely low, as anything under 20 ng/ml is considered deficient.

Achy bones:

Pain in your bones and your back can also be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency. This vitamin helps in the absorption of calcium in our bones and helps in their overall maintenance and health.

Depression:

Depression has also been linked to low levels of Vitamin D. This has been proven by various researchers that have studied the relation between Vitamin D levels and depression among people.

In review studies, researchers have linked vitamin D deficiency to depression, particularly in older adults. In one analysis, 65% of the observational studies found a relationship between low blood levels and depression.

These are but a few symptoms related to low levels of Vitamin D. If you are suffering from any of these, it is high time you visited a doctor. We are so engrossed in our daily lives that we take our basic health for granted. We let an easily treatable condition prolong and turn into something very serious. So please, pick up your phone and book an appointment with your doctor. You won’t regret it.

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