What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?
Chiropractors frequently are asked what causes vitamin D deficiency? And, what happens when your vitamin D levels are low?
Vitamin D has been in the media a lot lately and there’s good reason. In a recent Chinese study with participants aged 50-70, 94% of them were deficient in vitamin D. It’s not hard to find vitamin D deficiencies here in the United States as well. A recent study published by the University of California, Davis in the Journal of Nutrition states that “in order to achieve vitamin D sufficiency (i.e., at least 75 nm/liter), someone of European ancestry needs 1,300 IU of vitamin D a day. People of African descent require 2,100-3,100 IU daily.” These values are about 5 times what has previously been recommended.
Deficiency in vitamin D is linked to:
- osteopenia and osteoporosis
- muscle weakness and chronic pain
- common cancers
- autoimmune diseases including type I diabetes
- infectious disease, such as the flu
- cardiovascular or heart diseases
The best source of vitamin D is from the sun. However, even living in California is sometimes not enough. Sunscreen, clothing, buildings, and cars all block vitamin D from being utilized by your body. Ask your Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson, for information on vitamin D supplements. Here is a link to read more about vitamin D. Get Your Vitamin D!