What do you mean by Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D deficiency means that the levels of Vitamin D are very low in your body or your body is unable to get sufficient Vitamin D in order to stay healthy. Vitamin D is required by your body to absorb calcium that helps in building your bones. Vitamin D deficiency causes your bones to become thin and brittle.
What are the causes of Vitamin D deficiency?
There are various factors responsible for Vitamin D deficiency in your body, namely:
- Lack of Vitamin D in your diet
- Inability of your body to absorb Vitamin D from food
- Less exposure to sunlight
- Inability of your liver and kidneys to convert Vitamin D into its active form
- Certain medications that interfere with body’s ability to convert or absorb Vitamin D
What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency?
The signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are:
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
- Frequent bone fractures
- Soft bones that may cause deformities
How can Vitamin D deficiency be treated?
Vitamin D deficiency can be treated by:
- Vitamin D supplements
- Intake of food rich in Vitamin D
- Daily exposure to sunlight for 15 minutes