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Vitamin D Deficiency

Blood Levels of Vitamin D and Severity of Deficiency
Several medical issues can be involved in the development of a vitamin D deficiency. What is the background on this health issue? To begin, vitamin D itself is a fat-soluble vitamin. It can be obtained through the diet, and also synthesized by the body when an individual is exposed to the sun. When insufficient amounts are obtained, or the body is unable to absorb or use this substance properly, the person may become deficient.

Symptoms

A person with a low level of vitamin D may exhibit several symptoms. Twitches can affect his muscles, for instance. The muscles may also be affected in other ways, such as feeling weak or hurting. However, it is also linked in particular to certain bone-related issues. Rickets, which affects children, is one of these. Osteomalacia, type of bone softening which affects adults, is another possibility. Osteoporosis can also occur in a person who is short in this particular substance. More reading on symptoms is available.

Medical causes and risk factors

Many factors can contribute to the development of a vitamin D deficiency. Combining a lack of foods that contain it with little sun exposure can lead to this situation. It can also take place where absorption is not good. Some medical conditions like celiac disease and Crohn's disease may be involved. Obesity may be involved in the development of this condition. Additionally, it is more frequently seen in those who are older. Continue reading on causes and risk factors.

Diagnosis

A blood test is administered in order to check the patient's level of vitamin D. It is possible that this may not give an accurate measurement, due to this material being found in other locations in the body. This is particularly an issue in those who have excess weight, as vitamin D may be stored in body fat. For information on receiving a diagnosis for this or another medical condition, contact your doctor. Read further on diagnosis of this issue.

Treatment

Depending on the underlying medical issue, treatment may differ. Should an illness such as Celiac disease be involved, then particular methods may be used. In general, methods of receiving more vitamin D in one's diet include eating more foods that are relatively high in it, taking supplements, and getting more exposure to the sun. Before using any of these possible options, though, talk with a doctor. More general details about treatment can be viewed.

Complications

Some medical issues are thought to have the potential to arise as complications of being deficient in vitamin D. Several forms of cancer may fall into this category, although research so far is not conclusive. cancers of the colon, ovaries, and breasts are thought to potentially be increased in this situation. Another issue that might arise is a serious case of asthma in a child. Continue for additional information about complications.

Supplements

Vitamin D supplements are available in multiple forms. Softgels (which are like capsules) are commonly used. Sometimes a dropper is employed, where a certain amount of this vitamin is administered per drop. Other options may also be available.

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