Vitamin D deficiency is very common; many people have low levels of vitamin D, but they don’t know it, because in the beginning, vitamin D deficiency shows no symptoms. Mild deficiency can last for months, and you won’t even notice that something is wrong with your body. The symptoms will arise when your vitamin D levels become too low. Severe deficiency can lead to several diseases, some of which can be very difficult to treat. Vitamin D deficiency can be treated, if diagnosed early. The most reliable way to see if you are deficient is to measure your vitamin D levels, using a blood test.
How to Treat Vitamin D Deficiency
The treatment will depend on several factors. First, it will depend on the severity of one’s condition. Mild deficiency does not require high doses of vitamin D supplements, but severe deficiency will require doses as high as 50,000 International Units per week or twice a month. This kind of treatment (that includes high doses) can last for months, in case of severe deficiency, but it usually doesn’t last longer than two months. Long-term therapy that includes extremely high doses of vitamin D supplements can lead to side effects and it can cause health problems.
Vitamin D deficiency is treated with injections or orally taken supplements of vitamin D. If your vitamin D levels are too low, your doctor will prescribe doses that may seem too high for you; however, you shouldn’t be surprised at all; your body will need to get large amounts of vitamin D to get back to normal. You shouldn’t be worried, because overdose is very rare. Even in case of severe deficiency, when high doses are given, overdose or toxicity is unlikely. However, you will have to control your vitamin D levels regularly. As soon as your vitamin D levels in blood improve and go higher, your dose will be adjusted.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious problems. It can trigger several diseases and it can affect problems that already exist. For example, people who suffer from diabetes can have problems with this disease if their vitamin D levels get too low. We can say the same thing for people who suffer from asthma, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high cholesterol levels. Even obesity is hard to treat if your vitamin D levels are low.
50 nmol/L is considered normal vitamin D level. Anything less is considered low. Some people have extremely low vitamin D levels – as low as 10 or 7. These cases are very serious and these patients have to take high doses for months to solve the problem. It is always better to prevent this condition, so you should visit your doctor and measure your vitamin D levels, especially if you live in a cold weather country. Limited exposure to sunlight is one of the major causes of vitamin D deficiency. Poor diet is another possible cause.