5 Signs That You Might Be Deficient in Vitamin D3

Are You at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency?

With the change of seasons, so comes change in our body’s nutrient needs. As the days get shorter and we bundle up against the chill in the autumn air, the ability our body possesses to create a vital nutrient, vitamin D, decreases daily.

Although vitamin D is most known for the role it plays in strong bone health, it has gotten more attention over recent years for other potential health benefits it may provide. Ranging from possible chronic disease prevention to aiding in blood glucose stabilization, vitamin D seems to be the “jack of all trades” as far as micronutrients are concerned. Despite what the research tells us, some statistics show that vitamin D deficiency may affect approximately 50% of the world’s population.

How Can I Obtain Vitamin D?

The human body can obtain vitamin D either through diet, supplementation, or predominantly making the nutrient itself by exposure of our skin cells to the sun’s UVB rays. Foods that naturally contain vitamin D are egg yolks, sun-exposed mushrooms, and fatty fish such as sardines and salmon. Additionally, vitamin-D fortification of food products has lead to a higher vitamin-D intake and improved vitamin D status.

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Vitamin D Deficiency: The Missing Puzzle Piece

What many may attribute to getting older or simply the genetic hand we are dealt, new research has found that vitamin D may play a bigger role than once thought in several of the chronic conditions we see today.

Muscle Weakness

No matter your age, individuals who have higher vitamin D levels are also found to have greater muscle strength. Maintaining muscle strength is crucial, especially among older populations who coincidently are at a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.

According to Duke Medicine Health News, elderly individuals who have lower vitamin D levels often have less mobility and have difficulty functioning on their own over time. This can seriously impact independence and thus, quality of life.

Decline in Respiratory Function

A relationship between vitamin D and lung health has been established especially concerning inflammatory conditions, such as asthma. In a study published in Respiratory Research, Korn et al. concluded that having lower vitamin D levels are associated with a greater prevalence of asthma, severity of asthmatic episodes, and an increased use of corticosteroid medication. Moreover, several studies have shown that inadequate vitamin D levels have been associated with an increase in respiratory tract infections.

Increased Susceptibility to Infection

Although flu season usually peaks in January to February, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season can start as early as October. It would then only make sense to want to boost our immune system.

Vitamin D has been found to set into motion a systemic antimicrobial response enabling various immune cells to provide a powerful protective mechanism utilized during times of infection. The Journal of Investigative Medicine analyzed several studies and found lower vitamin D levels to be associated with greater incidences of respiratory infection, influenza, and bacterial vaginosis.

Furthermore, current research shows a possible connection between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.

Skin Irritations

A multitude of research is being dedicated to the possible link between vitamin D status and allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis. In a study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Noh et al. found that individuals with atopic dermatitis, primarily eczema, had significantly depressed vitamin D stores in comparison to healthy individuals.


Those who are more at risk for depression seem to also have a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency. Whether low levels of vitamin D are the cause or the result of depression remains unclear.

Many vitamin D cell receptors are found in the brain and literature suggests this nutrient may provide relief to those who experience depressive symptoms. In a three-year study conducted in Western Australia, vitamin D levels of 796 pregnant women were observed. Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D reported a higher level of postnatal depression than those with higher levels.

A further study published by the Archives of General Psychiatry found that among a sample population ages 65 to 95 years, vitamin D levels were 14% lower in individuals with depressive disorder in comparison to those who were not affected by depression.

Boost Your Vitamin D Status

The following characteristics or conditions may put a person at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.

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Increase your time spent outdoors.
According to the National Institutes of Health, depending on your location and the season, being out in the sun between 10am and 3pm for 5-30 minutes without sunscreen at least twice a week is generally adequate. To maximize your exposure, make sure your face, arms, legs, and/or back are uncovered.

However, there are many things you can do to avoid and even correct this imbalance.

  • Include more vitamin D food sources in your diet. Foods such as fatty fish, eggs, and fortified milks and juices are effective ways to increase your vitamin D intake.
  • Incorporate a vitamin D supplement into your daily health regimen. To ensure a health plan that is right for you, discuss proper supplementation and dosage with your physician.

Now that you know all of this… do you think you might have an undiagnosed case of vitamin D deficiency?

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