Comments: No Comments
What is vitamin D and what is its role?
Vitamin D is one of important nutrient our body to keep us healthy.
- Absorbs calcium and keeps bones strong and healthy.
- Vitamin D blocks Parathyroid hormone which reabsorbs bone tissue, making the bones thin and brittle.
- Plays a role in muscle function and immune system.
- Cancer (colon, breast, prostrate) protective.
- Vital role in Diabetics and cardiac patients
Sources of vitamin D
- Sun exposure
- Food sources: Fish, Milk, Yogurt, Egg, Cheese
Daily Recommended Vitamin D Intake
- Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) – 600 IU up to 70 years of age and 800 IU above age 70 years
Causes of vitamin D deficiency
- Lack of sun exposure
- Dietary deficiency
- Medications: steroids, laxatives, anti-epileptics, anti-lipid lowering drugs
- Medical conditions: Malabsorption ,Kidney & liver diseases, Cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease, disease, Gastric bypass surgery, Obesity.
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency leads to Osteomalacia in adults and Rickets in children.
- Brittle bones
- Bone pain
- Muscle pain
Symptoms of overdose
- Nausea & vomiting
- Kidney damage
Tags: Vitamin D Deficiency, Bone Health, Osteomalacia