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What are the Indications of Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency is common among people who spend most of their time indoors. Learn about early indications of vitamin D deficiency and what you should do if you suspect you have it.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world in early 2020, the world has been talking about the role of two vitamins that are vital to enable the body to fight any disease or infection. One is vitamin C, the nutrient that helps build immunity, and the other is Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that one needs to keep the body functioning well. Vitamin D helps with strong bones and may help prevent some cancers.

Many studies assessed and backed the role Vitamin D plays in helping individuals fight the deadly coronavirus-driven infection SARS-CoV-2. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with an increase in inflammatory cytokines and a significantly increased risk of pneumonia and viral upper respiratory tract infections. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increase in thrombotic episodes, which are frequently observed in COVID-19.

Early signs of vitamin d deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency has been found to occur more frequently in patients with obesity and diabetes. These conditions are reported to carry higher mortality in COVID-19. But how can a person know of-hand that he or she is deficient in the sunshine nutrient without having conducted a blood test? Is there any cue he can take from a signal from the body that can send him/her scurrying to a doctor or a pathological laboratory to undergo the Vitamin D test?

Early Indications of Vitamin D Deficiency

Indications of Vitamin D deficiency senses on the tongue are often neglected and not diagnosed for years

The Burning Tongue Syndrome

According to a study carried out by the Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester (USA) in 2017, “In patients with symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS), our results suggest it is reasonable to screen for fasting blood glucose, vitamin D (D2 and D3), vitamin B6, zinc, vitamin B1, and TSH. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 and folic acid were rare.” The study was titled: “Burning mouth syndrome: results of screening tests for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, thyroid hormone, and glucose levels-experience at Mayo Clinic over a decade”.

According to a report on Express.co.uk, This burning pain or hot sensation is typically on the lips or tongue or is more widespread in the mouth. One can also sense other symptoms, including numbness, dryness, and an unpleasant taste. This sensation can make mealtimes very uncomfortable. But Burning Tongue Syndrome is not only linked to Vitamin D deficiency and can also be caused by a variety of different vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as vitamin B, iron and zinc.

Consult Your Doctor First

Let the doctor examine and decide whether you have a vitamin D deficiency. He/she may ask if you get enough sunlight. According to the Cleveland Clinic, Vitamin D is unique because your skin produces it by using sunlight. Fair-skinned individuals and those who are younger convert sunshine into vitamin D far better than those who are darker-skinned and over the age of 50.

Studies on BMS suggest patients should be recommended the following tests:

Deficiencies of vitamin B12 and folic acid were rare. The doctor may also screen the patient for tuberculosis, kidney/liver ailments, etc. If you are obese, you may be asked to work with an expert on attaining a healthy BMI.

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How is Vitamin D deficiency treated?
  • Tailor your diet and/or add supplements: One study found that administering vitamin D supplementation to patients with burning mouth syndrome helped obvious symptoms in the space of just two weeks. While most people associate vitamin D to bone health, almost every part of the body has receptors for the vitamin. The doctor might suggest oral vitamin D supplements during the autumn and winter months when people are likely to get less exposure to the sun. 

The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is: 

(a) 400 IU (international units) for children under one year 

(b) 600 IU for children, teens and adults up to age 70 

(c) 800 IU for pregnant people and adults over the age of 71

  • Get some exposure to sunshine (but not too much): About 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure two to three times a week to the face, arms, legs or back may be all that is needed to absorb a suitable amount of vitamin D. That will ensure your disposition stays sunny and your bone health too stays at its peak.

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Conclusion on vitamin deficiency
  • We all need enough vitamin D to keep the body functioning well and fight infections efficiently.
  • Vitamin D helps build strong bones and muscles; it may also help prevent some cancers. 
  • Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can be varied, but one of them shows on your tongue prominently. 

Indications of Vitamin D deficiency senses on the tongue are often neglected and not diagnosed for years. If you notice this feeling, visit your doctor.

You should also be interested in learning about Vitamin E

Source: by Kirti Pandey On TimesNowNews

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