Common Deficiencies – Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is activated in the body during exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, and in fortified dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and is essential for strong bones. Research indicates that vitamin D may play a role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, hypertension, glucose tolerance, and multiple sclerosis. A low level of vitamin D can increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, asthma, and even cancer. 

Bone pain and muscle weakness can be symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency, although many people have no symptoms.

Supplementation of 1000-2000 International Units of vitamin D is recommended after bariatric surgery to prevent a deficiency. Higher levels of supplementation may be recommended if a vitamin D deficiency exists.

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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