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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Updated on August 21, 2011

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and is needed in the development of strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D is available in some dietary sources such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and fish liver oil. Vitamin D deficiency is due to inadequate exposure to sunlight and disorders in the body. Exposure to sunlight produces adequate amount of viatmin D in the skin. Here are some of the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency:

Vitamin D deficiency may be caused due to certain factors like inadequate exposure to sunlight, liver, kidney disease and genetic defect that lead to vitamin D resistance. The symptoms of inadequate vitamin D are soft bone disorders. A deficiency of vitamin D causes rickets in children, osteomalacia in adults and osteoporosis in seniors. Rickets is a softening of bones in children leading to fractures and deformity. Osteomalacia is softening of bones due to lack of vitamin D. Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to increased risk of fracture.

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms

  • Vision problems
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thrist
  • Eye pain and soreness
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Low blood calcium levels

Foods rich in vitamin D:

Here are some of the foods rich in vitamin D including sardines, salmon, cat fish, tuna, mackerel, milk, bread, breakfast cereals, fish liver oil, orange juice, egg, and liver.

How to prevent Vitamin D deficiency:

  1. Eat a diet rich in vitamin D
  2. Talk to your doctor about vitamin D testing
  3. 15 minutes exposure to sunlight produces adequate amount of vitamin D
  4. Talk to your health care provider adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet. A daily dose of vitamin D is 400 IU.


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      Sarah Hill 

      7 years ago

      I go outside every morning for 20 mintes. I take vitamin d supplements with dinner, these to be exactly: and I've never had a problem with my vitamin d levels.

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      DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit 

      7 years ago

      Vitamin D is so important for maintaining calcium levels and preventing bone loss, especially for those affected by the adverse effects of a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system that need to maintain their levels of vitamin D to help with the recovery process. Thanks for the information!

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      Vitamin D Deficiency 

      7 years ago

      The importance of vitamin D is often unfairly ignored by both medical professionals and ordinary citizens.

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      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      I just heard today that there has been an increase in vitamin D deficiency lately. I wonder if sometimes people with seasonal affective disorder might actually have a vitamin D deficiency. Very interesting. Thanks for the info blessed mom. although my dr told me i could afford to cut down on vit D. I love all the foods that have vit D and I love sunshine.

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      sodium formate 

      8 years ago

      thanks for your great hub ^-^

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      vitamin D deficiency symptoms guide 

      8 years ago

      Along with the development of rickets in children, this particular vitamin deficiency can lead to a similar condition in adults known as osteomalacia. Vitamin D is something that you should have for your body because it supports your body’s health system in so many ways. Getting enough Vitamin D will prevent you from illnesses and diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and a lot more. Vitamin D, calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin

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      9 years ago

      blessedmom, thanks for this great info. Vitamin D deficiency is top of mind because of the lack of sunshine during the winter months. That reminds us to supplement our diet if we are not getting sufficient nutrients from foods.

      Thanks for such great hub:)


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