What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the deficiency. Many people have no symptoms of vitamin D deficiency until complications, such as rickets (a softening of the bones in children), are present. Symptoms may also be mild or subtle. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Bone pain

  • Delayed tooth formation

  • Dental deformities

  • Muscle cramps

  • Poor growth in children

  • Spine and other bone deformities

  • Stooped posture and a loss of height

  • Tingling

  • Weakness

INTRODUCTION

What is vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency is a common condition in which the body has inadequate stores of vitamin D. This fat-soluble vitamin is produced in the skin as a result of exposure to the sun’s rays, which are the main source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also available in dietary supplements and in liver, eggs, oily fish, and fortified milk and dairy products.... Read more about vitamin d deficiencyintroduction

CAUSES

What causes vitamin D deficiency?

A major cause of vitamin D deficiency is limited sun exposure. Your skin produces vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun. Many people who live far from the equator in the northern and southern hemispheres get inadequate exposure to the sun because the sun’s rays are not strong enough during winter months. Having an indoor occupation and using sunscreen also limit the amount of sun exposure a person receives.... Read more about vitamin d deficiencycauses

TREATMENTS

How is vitamin D deficiency treated?

Vitamin D deficiency is treatable. With prompt diagnosis and treatment, you can expect to have a good prognosis and a minimal risk of developing serious permanent complications, such as rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.... Read more about vitamin d deficiencytreatments

Medical Reviewer: Williams, Robert, MD Last Annual Review Date: Dec 20, 2010 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Diet, Celiac Disease

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