8 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

1) Fatigue?
2) Fall sick easily?
3) Bone/ back pain?
4) Digestion issues?

 

5) Hair loss?
6) Moody?
7) Poor wound healing?

8) Poor concentration?

What is Vitamin D?

A fat-soluble vitamin with important functions in our body. For example, Vitamin D helps calcium absorption.Vitamin D is made in the skin under the influence of sunlight, but this production decreases with increasing age. Interestingly, older Chinese Malaysian men with high physical activity level and a lower BMI have been found to have higher serum Vitamin D level.

Vitamin D is available in 2 forms: Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. There is no difference between D2 & D3 for raising the blood levels of Vitamin D in our body. BUT, research shows that Vitamin D3 is more efficacious in increasing our Vitamin D level. 

 

โ€ข79% of Malaysian aged 13 yrs are deficient in Vitamin D3, with Malay ladies at higher risk.
 
โ€ข49% of Malaysian post-menopausal women are deficient in Vitamin D3.

Who are at high risk of Vitamin D deficiency?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Darker skin
๐Ÿ‘‰ Overweight or obese
๐Ÿ‘‰ Elderly
๐Ÿ‘‰ Stay Indoors
๐Ÿ‘‰ Always apply sunscreen
  • Research shows inadequate Vitamin D has been linked with:

    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Increased risk of fractures in older adults
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Age-related high blood pressure
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Age-related macular (eye) degeneration
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Twice the risk of having heart attack
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Poor diabetes control
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Cognitive decline
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Obesity
    ๐Ÿ‘‰ Depression
    According to the Malaysia Recommended Nutrient Intake, one should have at least 15ฮผg (600IU) Vitamin D daily. The best way to know if you are getting enough is to do a blood test.

    As Vitamin D is available from your diet and direct sunlight, how do you know if you need supplementation?

    โ–ถ If the blood test shows that you are Vitamin D deficient.
    โ–ถ If you aren't able to be outdoors between 11am and 3pm.
    โ–ถ If you regularly have digestive issues that may affect effective Vitamin D absorption from your diet.

    Nourish your body with the "SUNSHINE" Vitamin today for better health & wellbeing!

    References:

    1. Al-Sadat et al. 2016, โ€œVitamin D deficiency in Malaysian adolescents aged 13 years : findings from the Malaysian Health and Adolescents Longituidinal Research Team study (MyHearts), British Medical Journal

    2. Moy, FM 2011, โ€œVitamin D status and its associated factors of free living Malay adults in a tropical country, Malaysiaโ€, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology : Biology

    3. Malhotra & Mithal 2009, โ€œVitamin D status in Asiaโ€, International Osteoporosis Foundation

    4. Tripkovic et al.2012, "Comparison of Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 supplementation in raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status: a systematic review and meta-analysis", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 95, pp. 1357 - 1364 

    5. "Vitamin D and Health", Harvard School of Public Health, https://www.hsph.havard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vitamins/vitamin-d/

     

    This information is provided by Groway for education purposes only. It should not be used to substitute medical diagnosis.

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