Unfortunately, Vitamin D deficiency is very common in the United States.
The overall prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is about 35% -- one in three people could be affected. Higher rates are seen in individuals with obesity, and those with more melatonin (darker skin).
As we come to the end of winter, we should be more aware of potential vitamin D deficiency, because most of us spend less time outside during the winter when it’s colder. That means less sun exposure to let our bodies make Vitamin D.
Here’s some important information to know about symptoms of low Vitamin D.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Please note that the symptoms below can have other causes besides Vitamin D deficiency, and there are other possible symptoms of deficiency.
- Osteoporosis and bone pain
- Depression or feelings of sadness
- Muscle pain weakness
- Getting sick more easily
- Tingly sensation in hands of feet
How important is Vitamin D? In the past, it believed that the only role of Vitamin D was in regulating bone health. Many newer studies are indicating important roles for Vitamin D in all of these areas:
Cognition/Brain Health - Important
Research shows that low levels of vitamin D in the blood are associated with cognitive decline in both cross-sectional and prospective studies.
Cancer – Potentially Important
The evidence is mixed, but there are a good number of studies that have found a protective relationship between sufficient vitamin D status and lower risk of cancer. The evidence suggests that efforts to improve vitamin D status, for example by vitamin D supplementation, could reduce cancer incidence.
Osteoporosis -- Important
Studies suggest that people who get enough vitamin D and calcium in their diets can slow bone mineral loss, help prevent osteoporosis and reduce bone fractures.
Immune System – Potentially Important
Interventional trials suggest that vitamin D supplementation can bolster clinical responses to infection.
If you don’t get enough Vitamin D from sunlight, you can get it from a supplement and avoid an unwanted deficiency. Opurity® Vitamins by UNJURY® use high-quality, high- purity D3, the best form of D from a great source. You get it in our multivitamins, and we have a straight Vitamin D3 supplement.