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Updated: February 3, 2014 00:32 IST

Vitamin D deficiency matter of concern

M. Sai Gopal
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It is clearly associated with diabetes, blood pressure and obesity

Present day lifestyle, characterised by unearthly working hours and less outdoor activity, has created a large population of patients with inherent Vitamin D deficiency, doctors maintain. According to them, 75 to 80 per cent of the body’s Vitamin D supply is met when the skin is exposed to sunlight, which seldom happens in cities.

The phenomenon has made doctors focus on the role of Vitamin D in the overall health of people.

While research on the impact of Vitamin D on ailments is on, doctors believe it is clearly associated with diabetes, blood pressure, weakness of bones, nerve-related disorders and obesity.

“Till a few years ago, this was never a problem, and nobody expected it. These days, however, right from childhood, there is less exposure to sunlight. There are numerous research papers associating Vitamin D with ailments. We usually associate Vitamin D with weakness of bones, nerves and even paralysis,” says senior general practitioner and former Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Dr. B. Balraju.

Doctors also point out that Vitamin D has a direct benefit for patients with cardiovascular ailments.

“There is no denying the fact that Vitamin D directly benefits cardiovascular and diabetic patients. There are enough studies that have proven the link of Vitamin D with diabetes and heart ailments,” says Dr. P.V. Rao, Head of Endocrinology, Nims.

The ideal daily need of Vitamin D for human body is between 1,000 and 2,000 IU (International Units) per day.

Diagnostic tests

“There are diagnostic tests to determine Vitamin D levels in the body. The tests, however, are expensive. Vitamin D helps body retain calcium. It is directly linked to knee pains and osteoporosis. However, it should be consumed under strict medical advice,” says senior diabetologist Dr. P. Ushabala.

Maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D is critical, doctors point out.

“Sufficient vitamin D levels assist the body to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, besides helping in the essential repair and maintenance activities in the body,” says Dr. P. Sudarshan Reddy, senior pediatrician and member of Indian Academy of Paediatrics.

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That is true. Recently I came to know that I am suffering from Vitamin D deficiency. I have the symptoms like muscle weakness, knee pains and tiredness. First I met orthopedic and done some x-rays and dome lot of tests everything if fine. Finally I met another doctor and came to know vitamin D deficiency. Now I am using vitamin D supplements. And it seems now I am recovering.

from:  Mallikarjuna Rao
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 17:08 IST

Vitamin D3 is the active one and food sources deliver more D2 which is less useful to the body. Modern lifestyle of traveling in cars, Autos and use of umbrellas as well as many now work in enclosed areas of offices and alike places causing the endemic of Vitamin D deficiency. Darker the skin tone, longer one needs to expose to the sunlight to get the daily requirement. The days of farming and fishing is over and modernity caused the mischief. There are Vit D supplements of Sixty thousand units in the market that is taken once a month to get adequate supply. Talk to a Dr for therapeutic advice.It is not necessary that a test has to be done. If one is not getting enough sun exposure, the chances are, one needs a supplement of a very important Vitamin that relates to many important systems in the body.

from:  Saratchandran
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 05:46 IST

As we get VitaminD from Sun rays,expose to sun rays daily for some time.In rural
areas,people are exposed to Sun rays than people in Towns and Cities.That is why the Rural
people are healthy.Senior Citizens can go for walk or sit for some time in the open spaces on
top of buildings.If there is will there is a way.

from:  NPS Naidu
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:45 IST

The main source of Vitamin D is getting exposed to sunlight which would increase the levels. We need to find opportunities where we take a walk rather than travelling in A/C cars to achieve this.

from:  Parvathy Vaidhy
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 20:35 IST

The author should have at least mentioned the food sources of vitamin D.
It is always better to provide at least one solution to the problem that
is discussed.

from:  rupesh
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 14:45 IST
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