Monsoon Blues: Shedding Light on Vitamin D Deficiency

Monsoon Blues: Shedding Light on Vitamin D Deficiency

The monsoon season brings a much-needed break from the scorching summer heat. However, along with the benefits of the monsoons, there is a major hidden health concern that often goes unnoticed: Vitamin D deficiency.

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Vitamin D, often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health. It is essential for the absorption of calcium, promoting bone health, Heart health, mental health, and supporting the immune system. Unlike other vitamins, Vitamin D is unique because our bodies can produce it when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

Monsoon season is associated with a significant reduction in the protective role of UVB radiation1. The heavy cloud cover and frequent rain showers limit our exposure to direct sunlight. This reduction in sunlight exposure can lead to a significant drop in the body’s production of Vitamin D 1. For individuals who already have limited exposure to the sun, such as those with indoor jobs or those living in urban areas with high pollution, the monsoon season can worsen the deficiency.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can manifest in various ways, and recognizing these symptoms early can help in addressing the issue promptly. Some common signs include:

  • Fatigue and Tiredness : Feeling unusually tired despite adequate rest can be a symptom of low Vitamin D levels 2
  • Bone and Back Pain 3 : Since Vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption, a deficiency can lead to bone pain and lower back discomfort
  • Muscle Weakness 4 : Insufficient Vitamin D can result in muscle weakness and cramps
  • Hypertension 5 : Reduced levels of vitamin D can also cause an increase in the normal Blood pressure
  • Mood Changes 6 : Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to mood swings 6 and even depression 6
  • Frequent Infections : A weakened immune system 7 due to Vitamin D deficiency can make you more susceptible to infections

The monsoon season is a time of renewal and growth, but it also brings challenges that we must address. Ensuring adequate Vitamin D levels is essential for maintaining bone health, a strong immune system, and overall well-being. To know more and understand properly about Vitamin D, consult your family physician.

Always ensure to check with your Doctor / Healthcare / GP before starting with any new medication or therapy.

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References: –

  1. Moozhipurath, R.K. and Kraft, L., 2021. Implications of monsoon season and UVB radiation for COVID-19 in India. Scientific reports, 11(1), p.2757.
  2. Johnson, K., & Sattari, M. (2015). Vitamin D deficiency and fatigue: an unusual presentation. Springerplus, 4, 1-4.
  3. Gokcek, E., & Kaydu, A. (2018). Assessment of relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and pain severity in patients with low back pain: A retrospective, observational study. Anesthesia Essays and Researches, 12(3), 680-684.
  4. Janssen, H. C., Samson, M. M., & Verhaar, H. J. (2002). Vitamin D deficiency, muscle function, and falls in elderly people. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 75(4), 611-615.
  5. Ullah, M. I., Uwaifo, G. I., Nicholas, W. C., & Koch, C. A. (2010). Does vitamin d deficiency cause hypertension? Current evidence from clinical studies and potential mechanisms. International journal of endocrinology, 2010(1), 579640.
  6. Berk, M., Sanders, K. M., Pasco, J. A., Jacka, F. N., Williams, L. J., Hayles, A. L., & Dodd, S. (2007). Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in depression. Medical hypotheses, 69(6), 1316-1319.
  7. Aranow, C. (2011). Vitamin D and the immune system. Journal of investigative medicine, 59(6), 881-886.

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