Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
by Fran Mullens

People that are candidates for symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are those who take
below recommended levels of the vitamin, those who have limited sunlight exposure
and those whose kidney cannot change the vitamin to its active hormone form. Also
people at risk for a deficiency are those who cannot adequately absorb the vitamin
from their digestive tract.

In children severe vitamin D deficiency causes rickets. This is a bone disease where
by bone tissue is not properly mineralized. This results in skeletal deformities and soft
bones.

Rickets is most commonly caused from lack of sunlight or vitamin D deficient from
the diet. It can also occur because of a combination of lack from both.

A reemergence of rickets has resulted in United States in recent years. Exclusive
prolonged breastfeeding that does not include vitamin D supplication is believed to be
a contributing factor to the reemergence of rickets. Another factor is increased use
of day care less outdoor activity and sun exposure. Also extensive use of sunscreens
could be contributing to the symptoms seen today in children with severe vitamin D
deficiency.

For adults severe vitamin D deficiency may result in osteomalacia. In addition to
weakened bones it also causes muscular weakness. Symptoms of vitamin D
deficiency can be muscle weakness and bone pain. An accurate diagnosis is by
measuring the concentration of a specific form of the vitamin in the blood because in
the early stages the symptoms may be slight and go unnoticed.

Some antacids, cholesterol lowering drugs, steroid hormones, and mineral oil may
interfere with vitamin D absorption. So can gallbladder and liver malfunctions and as
well as intestinal disorders.

Toxicity can result from taking amounts of vitamin D over 65,000 IU (international
units) over several years. This vitamin should not be taken without calcium.


About The Author

Fran Mullens

The wide variety of symptoms of
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When vitamin D is severely deficient
in diets it can cause osteomalacia in
adults and rickets in children.
Individuals suffering from lesser
degrees of deficiency of this vitamin
in their diet may suffer from a burning
sensation in the mouth and throat,
weight loss, loss of appetite, visual
problems, diarrhea and insomnia.

It is normally found that individuals
who suffer from nutrient deficiencies
that it is usually a result of impaired
absorption and utilization, increased
excretion, dietary inadequacy, or
increased requirement.
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