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Vitamin D Deficiency Side Effects

Vitamin D is an extremely important part of your diet. It regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in your bloodstream. It also promotes healthy mineralization, growth, as well as remodeling of your bones, and it prevents hypocalcemic tetany. It also helps in preventing microbial invaders from entering and affecting your body.

Maintaining skeletal calcium balance is one of the most vital roles played by vitamin D. This encourages calcium absorption in the intestines. Low Vitamin D symptoms would be a lower bone mineral density and muscular tension. This would lead to osteoporosis and bone fractures. There would be a heightened risk of hip fracture as well.

There are many low vitamin D symptoms. You will have a low blood calcium and low blood phosphate. Children could develop rickets, and adults could get osteomalacia.

Influenza is also a result of inadequate intake of vitamin D, coupled with low humidity through indoor heating and cold temperatures. Children with insufficient vitamin D will develop rickets, while adults will develop osteomalacia.

Another side effect of vitamin D deficiency is cardiovascular disease, such as peripheral artery disease. One of the low vitamin D symptoms associated with cardiovascular risk is high blood pressure.

On November 30, 2010, the Institute of Medicine has devised a new Vitamin D Dietary Reference Intake. Infants, defined as 0 to 12 months, need 400 IU a day. For those from 1 to 70 years old including pregnant and lactating women, the recommended is 600 IU a day, for those who are age 71 and above, then it would be 800 IU a day. Be aware that each person is unique though, and if one is experiencing unusual symptoms then it is best to have a professional administer a test and recommend a proper dosage.

So, do not wait for any of these low vitamin D symptoms to happen to you. Be aware of what you eat, and if you do not have vitamin D enriched food that is readily available, or if you are in a location with inadequate sunlight, then do what you can to keep yourself from getting too little vitamin D. Catch some sun as much as possible and take supplements that contain this powerful vitamin.