Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Overview of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a very important nutrient that is responsible for strong bones and teeth. Usually, exposure to the sun triggers the production of vitamin D in the body. Apart from this, vitamin D can also be obtained from red meat, egg yolks and fatty fish like tuna and mackerel.

Vitamin D Deficiency arises when the body does not get enough of this vitamin. This could either be due to a lack of vitamin D in the diet, not getting enough sunlight and even having a dark skin. (This is because high levels of melanin in the skin reduce the ability to synthesize vitamin D)

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

In the past, vitamin D deficiency has been liked to a disease called rickets, which is a bone disorder. This condition can severely compromise the structural integrity of the bone, eventually leading to fractures. Apart from Rickets, vitamin D deficiency also leads to a host of other diseases and disorders such as asthma and a plethora of cardiovascular diseases.

Common vitamin D deficiency symptoms include:

  1. Bone Pain
  2. Back Pain
  3. Weakness in the muscles
  4. Frequent infections
  5. Fatigue
  6. Slow healing wounds
  7. Hair loss
  8. Cramps and muscle pain

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Match the disorders given in column I with symptoms under column II. Choose the answer, which gives the correct combination of alphabets with numbers.
Column IColumn IIA. Asthma1. Inflammation of nasal tractB. Bronchitis2. Spasm of tracheal muscleC. Rhinitis3. Fully blown out alveoliD. Emphysema4. Inflammation of bronchi 5. Cough with blood stained sputum