Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D is a family of vitamins that are soluble in fat, known to people as a vitamin and sunlight because its production in the skin occurs in response to light from the sun. Vitamin D does not only depend on its production in the skin; it contains some foods that we can eat during daily meals or by taking vitamin D-rich dietary supplements to maintain its blood level. The importance of this vitamin is to control the performance of certain functions and important in the body, and most important functions regulate the absorption of some minerals in food, and intervention in facilitating the function of the immune system in the body, and its role in the growth and development of bones and teeth.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common, according to the statistics. Nearly one billion people around the world suffer from low levels of vitamin D in the blood. As a 2011 study found, 41.6% of adults in the United States suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. This may be due to reasons such as age, overweight or obesity, insufficient intake of seafood or milk products, and most importantly, not being exposed to the sun to stay indoors or always using sunscreen before going out.
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in women
There are many symptoms that women may complain of and caused by vitamin D deficiency, as follows:
- Feeling tired and tired: In fact there are many reasons that result in the feeling of fatigue and stress, including vitamin D deficiency, and unfortunately may be one of the most important reasons. Many studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D in the blood lead to body fatigue and this negatively affects the person’s life.Some studies also found that women who suffer from chronic fatigue and headaches during the day may have very low levels of vitamin D in the blood, or about 5.9 ng/ml, and these studies have shown that the intake of these women to supplements containing vitamin D was sufficient to remove Fatigue and fatigue and raise the level of vitamin D.
- Suffering from back pain and bones: Vitamin D affects bone health and calcium absorption in the body. Any imbalance or decrease in the amount of vitamin D in the blood leads to pain in the back, especially in the lower region. It also suffers from bone pain, This relationship was observed in a study of more than 9,000 women suffering from chronic low back pain. On the other hand, the association of foot and joint pain with the lack of vitamin D levels appeared.
- Increased chance of certain diseases: role of vitamin D in the development of the immune system is essential. The role of vitamin D deficiency in many diseases such as sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis may increase its development and risk.
- Depression and mood swings: Depression and mood swings are the most important signs of Vitamin D deficiency, and when vitamin D-rich dietary supplements are shown, moods are improved and symptoms of depression decrease, including symptoms of seasonal depression in the cold months.
- Osteoporosis and osteoporosis: Metabolism and calcium absorption in bones is due to vitamin D, so the decrease in mineral density responsible for bone formation such as calcium increases the fracture rate, especially in women. In this case, studies focus on women in the menstrual period and post Menopause.
- Hair loss: Malnutrition is a major cause of hair loss, including reduced vitamin D intake. Hair loss in women has been associated with low levels of vitamin D in the blood. Studies of alopecia areata have shown that vitamin D deficiency has an effect on hair loss.
- Muscle weakness: This is observed in vitamin D deficiency in adults and young people. It was observed that 71% of people with chronic muscle pain had vitamin D deficiency in the blood.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease: The work of vitamin D as an anti-inflammatory, plays a large role in the incidence of heart disease, the most important of which is myocardial infarction (Heart Failure) and hypertension disease.
- Thyroid dysfunction: Due to the intertwined relationship between calcium and vitamin D and the hormones produced from the thyroid gland, low vitamin D and calcium absorption of the intestine causes an imbalance in the number of hormones secreted and efficient in their function, usually coinciding with obesity and increased fatty mass.