Why Is The Vitamin D Deficiency on the Rise?

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First it was diabetes and now it is vitamin D deficiency. There seems to be no end to the number of health epidemics in India. One think which makes this epidemic of vitamin D deficiency unique is the fact that most people do not suspect themselves of suffering from it. Who would think that they could have a vitamin D? That too in a country of India where it is sunny almost 365 days.

The symptoms include body aches and uneasiness. Menopausal women, pregnant women and older people. This perhaps why it largely goes unnoticed. It is assumed that pain in older people is because of their age. Similarly, in pregnant women, the pains are blamed on the fact that they are pregnant. While these may be the reasons, it is never wise to take a risk. Vitamin D deficiency could be the cause. Vitamin D deficiency can weaken our bones and more susceptible to being fractured because the body’s ability ti absorb calcium, which is absolutely essential for bone health, is dependent on sufficient availability of vitamin D.

Most doctors blame our modern lifestyles for this. They believe that in this modern and fast paced lifestyle, most of it taking place indoors, sunlight, without being exposed to toxic air and pollution has become a luxury, almost near impossible to achieve. Doctors recommend vitamin D medication if a deficiency is found and recommend at least half an hour in the sun every day, early in the day, preferably before 10 am, to avoid UVA and UVB rays.

A word of caution, one must not attempt to self diagnose vitamin D deficiency, especially if one is with medical knowledge. Even though vitamin supplements are seen as harmless and they usually are, in most cases, it is imperative that Vitamin D supplements are prescribed by a doctor. Blood tests for vitamin D deficiency are available in most hospitals and diagnostic centres. Excess vitamin D in the body can cause hypercalcemia, which is the buildup of calcium in the blood.

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