For strong bones and teeth, it’s essential to consume adequate vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency in children can cause rickets, a disorder in which the bones are brittle and brittle and can become misshapen (with bow legs). Adults who have low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. You become far more likely to shatter a bone as a result.

The following are the most severe effects of vitamin D deficiency:

– Rickets (softening of bones during childhood).

– Osteomalacia (softening of bones in adults).

– Low amounts of blood calcium (hypocalcemia).

– Low amounts of blood phosphorus (hypophosphatemia).

These ailments are all curable. Even though rickets is a condition that can be treated and is frequently reversible, it is crucial to act quickly. Milder instances of rickets can cause long-term bone injury if left untreated, which can prevent bones from developing normally. Seizures, cardiac damage, and mortality can result from severe instances that are not addressed.

Reaching and then maintaining a sufficient amount of vitamin D in your body are the objectives of both therapy and prevention for vitamin D deficiency.

Your doctor will probably advise taking vitamin D supplements even though you might think about increasing your intake of meals rich in vitamin D and receiving more sunshine.

There are two types of vitamin D: D2 and D3. Plants provide ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2. Animals provide cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3. To purchase D2, you need a prescription. However, D3 can be purchased over the counter. D3 is easier for your body to assimilate than D2.

Consult Dr. Barbara Karin Vela to find out if you need a vitamin supplement and how much to take, if needed.