More than half of the population in Northern Countries suffers from a vitamin D deficiency! Maybe you are one of them? Because often a vitamin D deficiency remains unnoticed. But it can have serious consequences/effects – find out here what they can be.
Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency
It often happens that a vitamin D deficiency is not detected. The symptoms are labelled as “everyday complaints” or are simply not noticed. But the NHS says, that minimum 1 of 5 suffers from a vitamin d deficiency. Another study by the Robert Koch Institute shows that even more than half of the population is affected by a vitamin D deficiency.
These symptoms can show you whether you also suffer from a vitamin D deficiency:
- severe fatigue
- weak immune system
- concentration difficulties
- mood swings
- circulatory problems
… and much more.
If you want to be on the safe side, a blood test can provide clarity. The vitamin D rapid self-test from kiweno provides you with your results quickly and easily at home.
Vitamin D and bone health
In the article “The functions of vitamin D” we have already reported that vitamin D is an important part of our bone mineralization. This means that without vitamin D no calcium can be absorbed from food. So if you have too little vitamin D, you most likely also have a calcium deficiency. You probably know that calcium is very important for our bones. Especially in babies and children, a vitamin D deficiency can be very critical because it can lead to rickets. Rickets is a serious softening of the bones that can lead to bone malformations. Babies are often undersupplied with vitamin D because they only get their daily requirements from mother’s milk – and mothers often have a vitamin D deficiency as well. In older people, osteomalacia or osteoporosis can be a consequence of vitamin D deficiency, as vitamin D is no longer produced to the same extent in old age.
Vitamin D and depression
This topic is a big point in research. Many studies show connections between depression and low vitamin D levels. There are also studies that want to prove that vitamin D supplements work like antidepressants – but that is controversial. You have probably all heard of winter depression – this may have something to do with the body’s empty vitamin D stores. So if you suspect that you are depressed, it doesn’t hurt to take a vitamin D test before taking antidepressants.
But what we can tell you for sure: A lot of time outside in the fresh air and sunshine lift the spirits. We have checked that ourselves ;-)
Vitamin D – impact on cancer and heart attack??
Whether a vitamin D deficiency can really prevent cancer and reduce the risk of heart attacks is the subject of intensive research. But unfortunately, there are still no meaningful studies on this. But the mere fact that there might be a connection between such serious diseases and vitamin D levels should make you think. And motivate you to go out into the fresh air and soak up the sun a little more often. Because a high vitamin D level is said to have an effect on good health. And a few rays of sunshine a day will lift your spirits tremendously. More information about the sun and vitamin D can be found in the article Vitamin D – the sun vitamin!
What do you think, are you well supplied with vitamin D? If you want to know exactly, you can easily do the kiweno vitamin D rapid self-test at home!