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What you need to know about vitamin D deficiency

• Vitamin D supports healthy bones and teeth by taking part in calcium and phosphorus metabolism. It is highly effective in preventing rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.
• Vitamin D is an antioxidant vitamin and is responsible for strengthening immunity. It protects the body from many diseases such as flu and colds.
• It is very valuable for a healthy pregnancy and inspidation period.
• Contributes to insulin levels and diabetes management.
• Improves mood and reduces the risk of depression by supporting brain and nervous system health.

Inability to benefit from the Sun: The biggest reason for the deficiency is that there is not enough contact with UVB rays from the Sun.
Having dark skin tone: As the skin color darkens, less vitamin D is produced in the body compared to individuals with light skin color.
Living indoors: Inadequacies occur because those who live indoors for most of their time during the day are less exposed to the Sun, the main source of vitamin D.
Obesity: Studies show that obese individuals experience more vitamin D deficiency.

• Fatigue, fatigue and lack of energy
• Bone and back pain
• Mood disorders and susceptibility to depression
• Hair loss and dilution
• Muscle pain and cramps
• Slower weight loss or inability to lose weight
• Frequent headaches
• Cold and insed not being warmed up

Vitamin D is scarce in nutrients and is the only vitamin whose main source is the Sun. When viewed nutritionally, the best sources; fish, eggs, meat, liver, milk and dairy products, butter, parsley, sweet potatoes, oats and mushrooms. But it is not possible to get enough vitamin D with food alone. By eating adequately and balanced, you can support both your vitamin D levels and your health.

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Treatment includes nutrition, supplements and taking vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. At this point, you can proceed in the most appropriate way by consulting your doctor. Sunlight and vitamin D make our body resistant to diseases and infections.

The covid-19 pandemic, which has affected the whole world, continues and a lot of work is being done on this subject. One of the most important issues that experts have been focusing on since the beginning of the pandemic is the relationship between vitamin D and corona virus. Vitamin D increases the effectiveness of white blood cells, one of the most important parts of our immune system. Thus, it is thought that there is a link between vitamin D level and covid-19, course and severity of the disease. A study by university of Chicago medical researchers found that individuals with low vitamin D levels were twice as likely to contract the virus as those at normal levels. In other studies, it has been observed that vitamin D levels in the normal range more positively affect the incidantity and severity of the disease, reduce the likelihood of entering intensive care and reduce mortality. However, there is currently no evidence-based recommendation. It is considered appropriate to give supplements to smokers and alcohol users, elderly individuals and those with chronic diseases who are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Individuals with normal vitamin D levels did not need to take supplements. Much more research and work is needed to be able to speak more clearly. However, it is worth consulting your doctor to correct its deficiency.

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