Image via WikipediaI have been feeling a lot better since I experienced tingling in my left side three weeks ago while carrying garbage out to the curb. When I saw my doctor that day, he had a technician draw blood for a complete blood profile and put me on 5000 IU of Vitamin D. Earlier this week, they called me in to the office to discuss the results of the blood profile. It turns out, I have a Vitamin D deficiency.
According to WebMD, some of the traits that may put you at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency are not getting enough in your diet, too little exposure to the sun, and being obese. I do not consume a lot of food rich in vitamin D. As for sunlight, I do not get to spend much time outside. I get in the car early in the morning, spend the day in the office, and drive home at the end of the day. I do not consider myself to be obese, but acknowledge being overweight, however, if you put any stock in the BMI charts, I guess technically I would be considered obese.
Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include bone pain and muscle weakness though many people do not notice the symptoms. Being deficient in vitamin D can lead to a host of other problems. Among those are increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment as you get older, and cancer. Some research also suggests that vitamin D can help with treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension (which I have), and multiple sclerosis.
Needless to say, none of those things are very appealing. I am currently back to trying to eat right and lose weight. I have dropped most of the weight that I regained after I fell off the diet wagon a couple months ago. Vitamin D supplementation has become a regular part of my routine along with all of the other medications that I take. All of my other blood levels were in the normal range, but I will probably start to take fish oil capsules again for the Omega 3's. So, do yourself a favor and get plenty of sunlight, vitamin D, and have your levels checked out.