Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency
Because we don’t get enough sunshine on our skin, most of us are vitamin D deficient, especially in winter and spring each year.
In fact, thanks to our modern lifestyle, it is very easy to be vitamin D deficient right through the year. Does it matter? Yes, because…
Chronic vitamin D deficiency is linked to greatly increased risk for
- heart disease
- immune disorders
- and over 50 other diseases.
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may affect the development of the unborn child. Low vitamin D levels in infants and children may affect their mental and physical development.
In adults, many degenerative conditions and disease processes are strongly associated with inadequate vitamin D levels.
On the other hand, with adequate vitamin D levels, the risk of many diseases can be greatly reduced. Dr Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, commented on the effects of vitamin D deficiency:
“We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4000-8000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases – breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.”
So with the right amount of vitamin D you could substantially reduce your risk for some of the biggest killers of our time. Not only that, but many other conditions are associated with vitamin D deficiency.
Here are some of them:
Acne, Adrenal insufficiency, Allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Autoimmune disorders, Bacterial infections, Bones weak (easy to fracture), Breast cancer, Cancer (all types), Celiac disease, Colds and ‘flu, Crohn’s disease, Chronic fatigue, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Chronic pain, Colonic adenoma, Colorectal cancer, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Dental cavities and misaligned teeth, Depression, Diabetes (types 1 and 2), Eczema, Fatigue, Gluten intolerance, Graves disease, Hearing Loss, Heart disease, Hypertension, Infertility, Influenza, Insomnia, Kidney Disease, Low back pain, Lupus erythematosis, Macular Degeneration, Melanoma, Mental illness and mood disorders, Migraine, Myopia, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle weakness and pain, Obesity, Osteo-arthritis, Osteomalacia (softening of bones), Osteoporosis, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Periodontal disease, Peripheral artery disease, Pelvic floor disorders, Pneumonia, Post-operative infections, Pre-eclampsia, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rickets, Schizophrenia, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Seizures, Sepsis, Sports injuries, Tuberculosis, Urinary incontinence, Uterine fibroids, Viral infections.
Impressive as it is, this list is not complete. Ill-effects from vitamin D deficiency are still being found, almost everywhere researchers look.
Vitamin D deficiency is involved somehow in just about every degenerative condition that affects us, even perhaps, the ageing process itself.
One recent study on the effects of vitamin D deficiency found that people with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to die from all causes as those with higher levels.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Harald Dobnig of the Medical University of Graz in Austria, said the results don’t prove that low levels of vitamin D are harmful “but the evidence is just becoming overwhelming at this point.”
Vitamin D levels tend to be lower in overweight people, so optimizing your vitamin D could even help you to lose an extra few pounds.
Does vitamin D deficiency cause these conditions?
An association with vitamin D deficiency does not prove that vitamin D deficiency causes the condition. Not by itself, anyway.
Most of the conditions in this list have many causes, but vitamin D deficiency may be one of them. In these cases, taking vitamin D may help to prevent the condition, or at least give some protection.
But if you already have one or more of these conditions, or know someone who has, consider that taking an effective dose of vitamin D may possibly reverse the condition, or alleviate the symptoms, or slow down the rate of progression. So discuss this with your doctor.
Well-informed healthcare professionals are testing their patients for vitamin D deficiency – and restoring optimum vitamin D levels – as an important part of their management of all these conditions.