Because I am getting older and have had skin cancer I do not get out in the sun much. During a routine lab test I found I was deficient in Vitamin D. My doctor ordered 2000 U of vitamin D per day.
Symptoms you may have a vitamin D deficiency
Chronic Infections. A lack of vitamin D can be devastating to your overall health and leave you vulnerable to constant attacks and health problems or scares.
Constant respiratory problems. Breathing issues need to be addressed by a medical professional quickly because they can lead to other issues. Often, a person suffering constant respiratory problems will also suffer from an anxiety disorder, like panic attacks.
Bone Pain. As an adult, your bones are no longer growing, but new bone tissue constantly replaces the old. Severe vitamin D deficiency interferes with that replacement, leading to the softening of bones.
Muscle Weakness. As vitamin D deficiency worsens, symptoms become stronger and harder to ignore. General aches and pains may become muscle and bone (musculoskeletal) pain, and tiredness may progress to muscle weakness.
Depression. Studies have linked low levels of vitamin D with episodes of depression.
Infertility. Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in the development of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility.
Chronic pain. Studies have now shown that low vitamin D levels increase a person’s chances of having chronic pain; supplements can sometimes help relieve it. So, if you’re in pain, talk to your physician about the best way to boost your vitamin D intake.
High Blood Pressure. Harvard University conducted review of health studies across numerous cohorts that associated increased risk of multiple health outcomes including cardiovascular disease and hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure) with vitamin D deficiency.
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon.
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
- Beef liver.
- Egg yolks.