Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Silent Vitamin D Crisis

Image: www.reinventingaging.org

I write this post, with an intuitive concern that the majority of my audience reading this, will be deficient in Vitamin D at some point in their lives (UAE one of world’s highest in Vitamin D deficiency7 out of every 10 Indians are vitamin deficient).
And the concern is justifiable. Known as “the silent thief” due to its lack of symptoms, this vitamin insufficiency usually goes unnoticed as symptoms include general tiredness, aches and pains, difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause the person to walk with a waddling gait.

We are taught in school that Vitamin D is needed for growth and development of bones and teeth, but did you know these surprising researched benefits of D?
·       D fights disease: Addition of D supplements reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, heart disease and reduces the likelihood of developing the flu.
·       D boosts weight loss: Consider adding vitamin D supplements to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or prevent heart disease.
·       D fights depression: Research has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression.
The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight for as little as 10 minutes of exposure [daily] and by taking vitamin D supplements as you can't get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food.


{Disclaimer: Before taking any supplements, please check with your GP/ Dietitian to give you a more personalized recommendation.}

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