Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium which is vital for good bone health.

Vitamin D deficiency leads to impairment of bone mineralisation ,which leads to Rickets in children, and osteomalacia in adults

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D in a day and 800 IU a day, for those older than age 70.

To meet this level, foods that are rich in vitamin D such as fortified foods, dairy products (milk, yogurt), and fish, such as salmon, trout, tuna must be a part of the diet.

Causes for Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Inadequate exposure to sunlight
  • Malnutrition
  • Disorders of vitamin D absorption
  • Kidney and liver disorders
  • Genetic disorders
Symptoms
  • Bone Pains
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigueness
  • Hampered growth
  • Deformity of long bones
  • Increased risk of fractures
Investigations
  • Blood tests – 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels
  • Bone Mineral Density Test
  • X rays
Treatment

Treatment mainly depends on the cause for vitamin D deficiency such as:

  • Nutritious vitamin D-rich diet ( foods that are rich in vitamin D such as fortified foods, dairy products (milk, yogurt), and fatty fish, such as salmon, trout, tuna).
  • Medication (vitamin D3 supplements)
  • Exposure to sunlight

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