Vitamin D Deficiency Soars High…becoming an Epidemic!

Vitamin D Deficiency Soars High…becoming an Epidemic!

Why do we need Vitamin D?

Vitamin D helps in the absorption of Calcium. It also plays a major role in muscle, immune system and muscles.

One can get Vitamin D through skin, diet and supplements. Sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D. Too much exposure to sunlight can lead to skin problems and cancer.

What causes Vitamin D deficiency?

  • Mal-absorption or not getting enough from the diet is the primary cause. Other causes are due to the urban setup and lifestyle changes, staying indoors and air-conditioning also play a contributory factor for vitamin D deficiency.
  • Also, other factors like obesity, people who are obese are less active and need more vitamin D as compared to people with a normal BMI.
  • High consumption of soft drinks and fructose leads to vitamin D deficiency.
  • Consuming farm fed chicken; eggs and mutton have far-less vitamin D content than wild game, which stays mainly outdoors.
  • As more people are getting conscious and have cut down on fatty foods like full-fat milk or consuming leaner part of the chicken which also leads to a deficiency of vitamin D.
  • Increase in consumption of PUFA rich oils/fats which decreases bio-availability of vitamin D.
  • Increased consumption of processed foods and high salt intake also hampers other co-factors like calcium and magnesium. As magnesium is required to utilize vitamin D.
  • Lactose intolerance or vegans too suffer from vitamin D deficiency
  • Also, studies indicate that people working for long hours and leading a sedentary lifestyle or in night shifts have reduced vitamin D levels by 8%

Natural sources of Vitamin D

  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Egg yolk
  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel
  • Fortified foods like milk, orange juice, yoghurts, soy milk and breakfast cereals

Vitamin D is also available in the form of supplements, both in the form of tablets, powder or liquid for babies.

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