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What is the Effect of Vitamin D on Your Body?

Vitamin D can be consumed in the form of food or supplements and exposure to sunlight activates the production of Vitamin D in the skin. This is why people commonly associate getting enough Vitamin D with getting enough sunlight.

“Worldwide, an estimated 1 billion people have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their blood, and deficiencies can be found in all ethnicities and age groups” [1].  Vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent in any location with a prolonged winter. Given that these problems are commonplace, recognizing the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency can let a person know when to consult a medical professional.

For instance, bone pain and muscle weakness are common indicators of Vitamin D deficiency. Since Vitamin D plays an important role in bone and cell growth, Vitamin D deficiency could result in deformed bones, especially in children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Also, a lack of this vitamin can cause unexplained fatigue and difficulty in thinking clearly.

When a person starts experiencing these noticeable symptoms, it usually means that their Vitamin D levels have been depleted for an extended time. It is important that a person consults with a medical professional when they begin experiencing these symptoms because Vitamin D is a vital supplement for the human body.

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[1] Vitamin D and Health. Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Retrieved from https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-d/#vitamin-d-references

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Dr. Paul Zickler graduated from the faculty of medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 1972 and became an Emergency Physician. He practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years after which he co-owned and operated several ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years and discovered his interest in prescription medicines. Dr. Zickler was a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and was CIPA’s Vice-president for Medical Affairs. He has also served as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy) and was the principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines.

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