Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that greatly influences our body’s systems, from ensuring the supply of calcium to the bones to strengthening the immune system.
Normally, we get this vitamin from food, supplements, and sunlight, but when something goes wrong and we face vitamin D deficiency, our body system can fail. We study the most common signs of low vitamin D levels and want to tell you what we found.
Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
8. Sweating On The Head
There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate that your vitamin D level is low. The scientific literature describes excessive sweating in newborns as one of the first signs of lack of this vitamin.
One of the most obvious symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in adults is excessive sweating of the head compared to the rest of the body.
If your head is sweating a lot, it could be due to a lack of vitamin D in your body, and you may need to see your doctor.
7. Bone Pain
Vitamin D deficiency can be associated with various musculoskeletal pains, in particular, with tibial bone pain and tenderness.
It is recommended to ensure the daily intake of the necessary amount of vitamin D to avoid bone pain, bone fractures, and related diseases, such as osteoporosis.
6. Muscle Pain
Vitamin D affects not only our bones but also our muscles. Lack of this vitamin can cause severe muscle pain, weakness, reduced muscle mass, and poor muscle recovery after intense physical activity.
Low levels of vitamin D can also cause widespread chronic pain in the body, which is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia.
5. A Weak Immune System
Vitamin D plays a very important role in supporting our immune system. Unconsciously, doctors started using this vitamin to treat infections long ago, before antibiotics were discovered.
Tuberculosis patients, for example, were sent to sanitariums, where they were exposed to sunlight that, as doctors thought, directly killed the infection.
So if you have frequent viral infections, low vitamin D levels may be the reason.
4. Fatigue and Weakness
We generally attribute fatigue and tiredness to a busy lifestyle or lack of sleep. However, it turns out that a lack of vitamin D in the body may also be involved.
A study looking at the effect of vitamin D supplementation in fatigued patients showed a significant reduction in fatigue symptoms after normalization of vitamin D levels.
3. Slow Wound Healing
One study showed that 12 weeks of vitamin D supplementation resulted in significant wound reduction in patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
Scientists believe that vitamin D had a positive effect on stabilizing blood glucose and cholesterol levels in the surveyed patients.
If your wounds heal slowly (especially if you have diabetes), pay attention to the level of this vitamin in your body.
2. Hair Loss
There are many factors that can trigger hair loss, and vitamin D deficiency is one of them. Lack of this vitamin can lead to an impaired hair cycle process, thinning loss, and hair loss.
Vitamin D is an integral part of the hair growth process at the point of hair’s origination and can be used as a supplement for the treatment of hair loss.
1. Anxiety and Depression
Vitamin D is a unique vitamin that influences many parts of our body, including the brain. After the vitamin is consumed by food or synthesized in our skin, it releases neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin that influence brain function.
According to scientists, a lack of vitamin D can lead to anxiety, depression, and may even be related to mental illness, including schizophrenia.
If you have any of the signs of vitamin D deficiency, plan a visit to your doctor, who will evaluate the level of this vitamin in your body and prescribe the necessary dose of vitamin D.
Have you experienced any of these symptoms? Do you know your vitamin D level? Tell us in the comments!
Preview photo credit Master Sgt. Michel Sauret / U.S. Army Reserve