At the end of winter, after many days without sun, vitamin D levels are rarely at their highest. But some people are at greater risk than others. What are the signs of vitamin D deficiency? This will require you to ask your doctor for a dose of vitamin D.
1. Your gut is causing some concern
People with gluten intolerance, Crohn’s disease, or inflammatory bowel disease are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency due to the effects of these diseases on fat absorption. As fats are less absorbed, fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D, in turn are less absorbed. To avoid overeating, it is sometimes sufficient to consume dairy products fortified with vitamin D.
2. You are overweight
Being overweight or obese does not change the way our body synthesizes vitamin D. But the higher concentration of body fat affects the levels of vitamin D in the blood. The more fat you have, the more vitamin D, which is fat-soluble, is diluted. This is why overweight people have higher requirements for vitamin D.
3. You have dark skin
Dyeing your skin is like a natural sunscreen. When you apply sunscreen 30, it reduces 97% of the skin’s ability to synthesize vitamin D from the sun’s rays. It’s the same thing when you have dark or black skin. A person with very dark skin needs ten times more sunshine than a person with light skin to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D.
4. Your bones hurt
Do you have pain in your bones and muscles and your joints are more rigid when you get up in the morning? You may be suffering from vitamin D deficiency. If you suffer from chronic pain, contact your doctor to measure this vitamin. In the event of a deficit, the supplement should be considered.
5. You have the blue ones
A small number of epidemiological studies have investigated the relationship between vitamin D and depression and have shown that people who are treated for depression often have lower average levels of vitamin D than those who are not depressed. It is not yet clear how vitamin D affects neurotransmitters involved in stress, anxiety or depression, but vitamin D can protect neurons that synthesize dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters needed for proper brain function.
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