Vitamin D is very important to our musculoskeletal function and our immune system. Yet many of us are deficient in our levels of vitamin D. In fact, 27% of the population is vitamin D deficient.
80% of our vitamin D intake comes from the sun, so in the depths of winter, we expect a higher percentage of UK residents will drop below normal parameters.
How does Vitamin Help With Back pain?
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus, both key minerals for bone health.
What most people don’t know is, unlike other vitamins, vitamin D is actually a hormone that is activated by the liver and kidneys and regulates calcium metabolism.
Meaning vitamin D not only helps maintain bone health but also correlates with muscle strength and postural stability.
In some studies, vitamin D supplementation has been shown to increase muscle strength, reduced injury rates, and improve performance.
How do I know If I am Vitamin D Deficient?
Low levels of vitamin D can leave us feeling “under the weather”, and in some cases depressed (SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder). The physical symptoms of a deficiency may include muscle pain in the joints, including rheumatoid arthritis pain. It can affect our immune system which can leave you with one or more of these symptoms –
- Weakness and Myalgia (Muscle pain)
- Bone loss, or bone pain
- Back pain
- Hair loss
- Inability to shift a cold
- Inability to heal an open wound
- Vitamin D also protects us from a host of health problems such as –
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Respiratory infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchiolitis
- Rickets in children
- Osteomalacia in adults
Can I overdose on Vitamin D?
Taking too many vitamin D supplements can come with its own complications.
Known as vitamin D toxicity, too many supplements can cause a build-up of calcium in your blood causing diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination.
How much Vitamin D should I take?
The amount of vitamin D you need depends on many factors. These include age, race, latitude, season, sun exposure, clothing and more. So as a basic rule of thumb, adults and children over the age of one should have ten micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D every day.
Getting the right advice
If you think you may be vitamin D deficient, our team is on hand to test your blood and treat your symptoms.
For more information on please call us today. Our team is on hand to answer any questions.
London, Canary Wharf Clinic: 0203 197 9100