Approximately one quarter of the United States is suffering from vitamin D deficiency from too much time spent indoors and poor diet.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made when skin is exposed to sunlight. The vitamin helps maintain calcium metabolism, muscle health, the immune system, cell growth, heart health, and regulates blood pressure.
You might have vitamin D deficiency if you’re experiencing:
- Thinning or brittle bones leading to frequent fractures.
- Unexplained muscle weakness.
- Mood swings along with anxiety, depression, or both.
- High or rising blood pressure.
- Exhaustion, even after a good night’s rest.
- Decreased endurance.
- Unexplained infertility.
Spending time outdoors is a great way to battle vitamin D deficiency. Increase your daily exposure to natural sunlight by spending 15 to 20 minutes outside, take vitamin D supplements, and eat foods high in vitamin D.
If you think you’re experiencing vitamin D deficiency, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) to schedule an appointment with IRMC Physician Group dermatologist, Yousuf Qureshi, M.D., or a family medicine provider.