Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
The Subtle Early Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Being severely deficient in vitamin D for a few months may affect your well-being in areas such as:
- feeling depressed
- poor resistance to infections
- increased pain, especially in bones and muscles
- increased inflammation
- feeling tired and sleepy during the day
Not everyone with vitamin D deficiency experiences all of these symptoms. In fact, some people are not aware of any symptoms at all. But even if you have no symptoms, a vitamin D deficiency still increases your risk for many serious conditions.
The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be very subtle, and may only worsen gradually over many years. And all of these symptoms can have other causes.
If you notice any of these symptoms – which may be worse in winter when vitamin D levels are at their lowest – then consult a knowledgeable health care provider. Work with him or her to eliminate possible causes and to establish your vitamin D level.
It is very easy to find out what your vitamin D levels are. A simple 25(OH)D blood test is all that is required. If you don’t have access to a blood test, you may wish to use our D-Estimator tool to help you to make an informed estimate.
Be aware that vitamin D deficiency which persists for several years may chronically undermine your health and increase your chances of acquiring one (or more) of the serious degenerative conditions we listed here.
You can easily deal with vitamin D deficiency, before it leads to any of these conditions. So don’t wait too long 🙂