5 Health risks arising from a vitamin D deficiency – Long-term health problems that may occur & nbsp | & nbspCredit with photo: & nbspThinkstock
New Delhi: Sunlight is a rich source of vitamin D, and almost everyone is aware of the general fact. But how many of us actually spend time in the sun to absorb the vitamin? According to a study published by the National Center of Biotechnology, USA, and conducted by Indian researchers, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency ranges from 40% to 99% in the Indian population, with most studies reporting a prevalence of 80-90 % of the population with vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, it is important to understand the severity of the problem.
Vitamin D deficiency is as bad as any other deficiency in the body. This mainly affects the strength, endurance and immunity of the body and here are some health risks to which you are subject if you are diagnosed with the deficiency. Read also magnesium levels have an effect on vitamin D: Study
Vitamin D deficiency and heart disease
Several studies, including one published in Circulation Research in 2014, related vitamin D deficiency with heart disease and complications. Several health problems, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes and stroke, can result from a deficiency of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency and prostate cancer
A study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research in May 2014 found a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and aggressive prostate cancer in European American and African American men. Men with vitamin D deficiency were more numerous to be tested positive than those who had regular levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency and risk of schizophrenia
According to a review published in October 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, people with vitamin D deficiency may be twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia compared to people with sufficient and normal vitamin D levels. Also read back pain and mental health problems: What is the connection?
Vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction
Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to severe erectile dysfunction in men. A study conducted at a sample size of about 140 people showed that men who had vitamin D deficiency had severe erectile dysfunction compared to people with no or less vitamin deficiency. Erectile dysfunction is a common disease all over the world.
Vitamin D deficiency and dementia
People with vitamin D deficiency have almost a double risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Dementia involves a decaying power of memory, reason, thought, and behavior that can affect both an individual's personal and professional life.
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a healthcare professional if you have any specific questions about any medical issue.