By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
Did you know that around a quarter of the UK population is deficient in vitamin D? Studies have also found that within key age groups, around 74% of participants had sub-optimal levels of vitamin D for well being.
It’s a lesser known fact, but vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin at all – it’s a hormone produced by the body, and the principal function is to help control calcium and phosphate levels in the bloodstream. It allows the body to absorb more of these essential minerals during the digestion process, and this is vital to the maintenance of a healthy bone rebuilding cycle and bone mass.
Not only that, but vitamin D deficiency has been linked to other important daily lifestyle factors such as muscle weakness, increased chance of falling, hair loss and depression.
It all makes sense when you think about it – you feel more tired during winter months and your body feels brighter and healthier during the summer months. It’s no coincidence – it has something to do with the levels of vitamin D in your body. In order to produce vitamin D, we need to spend time in the sunlight and absorb UVB rays through our skin.
In the UK, during the months of October to early March, we don’t get enough sun exposure to produce the vitamin D that we need. Even in summer months, we can struggle to consistently get the hours of sunshine needed to produce this important hormone.
The consequences for low vitamin D levels can be far-reaching, with links to debilitating diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and serious bone health conditions such as Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and Rickets – a bone disease found in children that essentially leads to softer bones and skeletal deformities.
Adults can also suffer from a similar condition known as Osteomalacia (soft bones).
We can get a small amount of vitamin D from our diet in foods such as oily fish, eggs and mushrooms – but only 10% of a person’s recommended daily amount is found naturally in food. A great way to care for bones and joints is incorporating supplements into your diet.
A proactive approach to caring for your bones and joints can help to prevent serious problems from occurring in the future. A healthy intake of vitamin D will promote the uptake of both calcium and phosphate and allow for effective and healthy bone maintenance.
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