Vitamin D – At a Glance

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What is Vitamin D?

  • Substance produced under the skin with the help of sunlight.
  • We get 90% of Vitamin D from skin exposure to sunlight and 10% from diet.
  • Function is Calcium absorption and maintaining the bone health.

Sources of Vitamin D

3 main sources -

Sunlight

  • Most common source
  • 15 mins a day between 10AM and 3PM

Food

  • Salmon, tuna, mackerel
  • Milk & milk products
  • Egg yolk
  • Mushrooms

Supplementation & Medications

Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

Diagnosis

Symptomatic

Lab Test

Vitamin D Status

Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Osteoporosis - weak and fragile bones, more likely to break and cause fracture
  • Osteomalacia - softening & weakening of bones in adults
  • Rickets -softening & weakening of bones in children
  • Fracture - break in the bone

Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D previously known as a "Bone Health Vitamin", has evolved as a "Miracle drug". It is available as:

Foods Rich in Vitamin D

  • Milk and milk products
  • Mushrooms
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Egg yolk

Medications ( Supplements)

  • Granules
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Injectables

Kindly consult your doctor before taking any medicines.

 

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