By Rose Wellness Center | 12/10/2020

Consequences Of A Vitamin D Deficiency

Consequences Of A Vitamin D Deficiency

Do you have a Vitamin D deficiency? What is Vitamin D? It is a steroid hormone that helps the body absorb calcium, resulting in strong teeth and bones. It also helps support immune health, nervous system health, brain health, lung function and cardiovascular health. Vitamin D also supports diabetes management and helps regulate insulin levels.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

A vitamin D deficiency affects every part of your body. Most people are aware of the effects of a vitamin D deficiency on the teeth and bones; however, many do not realize that a vitamin D deficiency can cause gastrointestinal dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

An imbalanced GI tract comes with its own set of issues, including decreased metabolism, difficulty digesting foods and absorbing nutrients, and systemic inflammation. When the body is inflamed, it causes a cascading effect of issues, including bloating, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, food sensitivities, and food intolerances. Typically, gut dysbiosis is caused when poor food choices are made, including high fat foods, processed meats, and tons of sugar. These are the same foods that increase the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

In addition to gut dysbiosis, a vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and obesity. Taking a vitamin D supplement can help to reduce the risk of chronic disease and even improve weight loss efforts.

Postmenopausal women who have a vitamin D deficiency are at a greater risk for developing metabolic syndrome than those who have sufficient vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D levels are also linked to an increased risk of high triglycerides and low levels of good cholesterol. A vitamin D deficiency in postmenopausal women also increases the risk of insulin resistance and weight gain.

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