The Vitamin D Clinic addresses problems associated with the absorption and metabolism of Vitamin D, also known as Vitamin D Deficiency.
What are the causes of Vitamin D Deficiency?
There are a number of causes of Vitamin D Deficiency. For example, mild vitamin D deficiency is relatively common, and certain groups of individuals, particularly those over the age of 65, who are obese, who have darker skin tones, and who have little or no routine sun exposure are more likely to develop vitamin D deficiency.
However, simply sitting out in the sun or going to a tanning booth may seem like a good idea but with the increased risk of skin cancer, that is not only not recommended, it is unlikely to effectively treat vitamin D deficiency. Similarly, taking a vitamin D supplement without knowing the underlying cause of the deficiency or the severity of the deficiency can actually cause more harm than good.
Vitamin D deficiency can, in fact, be severe, as a result of underlying disease or condition, and may be associated with loss of muscle strength, bone loss, bone pain, increased risk for fractures (broken bones) inadequate absorption of calcium, and abnormal parathyroid levels.
What are the symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?
There are often no symptoms associated with Vitamin D Deficiency. However, some individuals experience the following symptoms:
- muscle aches
- muscle weakness
- bone pain
Vitamin D Deficiency Testing
Routine testing of Vitamin D levels can be done at annual physicals or after a fall when a broken bone occurs. Rather than leaving it to chance, schedule an examination and blood test with one of our specialists today to ensure an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment strategy is identified.
For more information please read our health information content on Vitamin D and Vitamin D Deficiency.