Are You Vitamin D Deficient?
Are you vitamin D deficient? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is created in the body when exposed to sunlight. You can also get vitamin D through some foods, such as egg yolks, fish and milk, or through supplements. If you do not have enough vitamin D, your body cannot properly absorb calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency is thought, although not yet proven, to contribute to other health problems. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should talk to your physician about testing your vitamin D levels.
- Depression, particularly during the winter
- Mood changes during the premenstrual cycle
- Ongoing fatigue despite good sleep
- Weight loss
You can find out your vitamin D level through a simple blood test. Vitamin D levels between 30 and 50 nanograms per millileter are considered acceptable. Your physician may want your levels higher if you suffer from any chronic health diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes. To find a doctor near you, visit our Find A Doctor page.
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