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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms Affected by Gastrointestinal Diseases

Updated on April 17, 2012

To avoid some health problems, including gastrointestinal diseases that may be serious, one priority an individual can take is to avoid any vitamin D deficiency symptoms. A simple way to get vitamin D synthesized in your body is to have your skin exposed to vital sunlight for less than half an hour each day. Gastrointestinal diseases are abnormalities of the digestive system causing discomfort while dealing with the bowel system.


The main focus for vitamin D is to ensure each person has an accurate amount of calcium to utilize. It assists with the production of the hormones that secures calcium goes into bones and not into other tissues. [1] The physician evaluating a patient diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis needs to contemplate a possibility of a gastrointestinal etiology. On a similar note, when a patient with a gastrointestinal disorder needs his/her doctor check that patient for both bone disease and vitamin D deficiency. [2]

Absorbing Vitamin D for Use

Symptoms arising from gastrointestinal disease and some kidney and liver conditions can be signals that there is a vitamin D deficiency. Those medical abnormalities could cause vitamin D in the digestive tract from being absorbed. This particular vitamin may also be obstructed from being converted to active form where it can be utilize by the body. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disease. An example of IBS is Crohn’s disease, which involves abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, or blood in the stool and fever occurring. [3]

Individuals who are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant obviously would be void of vitamin D coming from fortified milk. [3]

Impact of Gastrointestinal Disorders

Gastrointestinal disease may impact calcium and/or vitamin D absorption. To form into active compounds, vitamin D must be metabolized another step after it enters the body. Liver diseases alter the way the first step in bioactivation takes place. Prescription medications such as phenytoin may also affect the first metabolic step and causing deficiency of the active metabolites. Another malabsorption of vitamin D has a requisite of only a tiny intestine, liver, and pancreas to provide the milieu (lipase and bile acids) that is needed for unhindered absorption. What can cause this particular problem are chronic pancreatic insufficiency, disorders of the biliary tract, partial gastrectomy, intrinsic small bowel disease, and surgical bypass procedures of the jejunum and ileum. There are other ways that individuals with vitamin D deficiency symptoms have trouble feeling better because of a gastrointestinal disorder. [4]


As you probably can tell by now, patients with a possibility or already diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disease have the urgency to resolve it. Winter days will be filled with cloudy days for some people. Therefore, digesting food or pills to avoid vitamin D deficiency symptoms will be a nuisance for individuals who will digest them improperly.



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      Whimsical Chair 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Alicia C for reading and commenting on my article.

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Vitamin D is such an important nutrient. Thanks for describing some facts about vitamin D absorption and metabolism.

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      Whimsical Chair 

      10 years ago

      Careercounselor, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub.

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      10 years ago

      This is good to know, useful information.

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      Whimsical Chair 

      10 years ago

      Robin, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. Also thank you for the warm welcome. I'm glad you learned something from my hub.

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      Whimsical Chair 

      10 years ago

      Wilderness, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. I also love to drink milk.

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      Whimsical Chair 

      10 years ago

      Rjsadowski, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. I'm so glad you also speak the language of love.

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      Robin Edmondson 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Welcome to HubPages. A very well written Hub for your first! Nice work. I had never known that gastrointestinal disease can impact the absorption of calcium. A good thing to know. Cheers!

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      Dan Harmon 

      10 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Good hub, with lots of great information. It's not something I have to worry about (I work outside and love milk) but I do get a little concerned about my grandkids as they don't seem to get enough milk and usually play indoors.

      Thanks for the hub.

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      10 years ago

      My wife has a vitamin D defficiency and I also speak the language of love.


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