- Vitamin D is called the ‘sunshine vitamin.’
- Rickets is caused when the body is deficient of Vitamin D
- Dark skinned people are likely to be prone to rickets
- The skin produces the maximum amount of Vitamin during the middle of the day
However, according to a recent study, conducted by Metropolis Healthcare, cases of patients suffering from Vitamin D deficiency have been steadily rising in India. The study, which analyzed over one lakh samples over five years from 2012 to 2016, state that closed-door work life and the Indian lifestyle has led to a rise in a number of health concerns, including Vitamin D deficiency.
While alarming, the results also throw light upon the need for one to consider alternative methods to prevent grave ailments triggered by such situations.
Vitamin D – in a nutshell
Here are a few interesting facts about Vitamin D:
1. Vitamin D is popularly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin.’ This is because the vitamin is produced when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
2. It is a fat-soluble vitamin.
How do you know if you lack sufficient Vitamin D?
It could also be noted that many people are unaware or ignorant of the symptoms of such deficiencies. If you are wondering about whether your body has sufficient Vitamin D or not, then these facts could be helpful:
1. You are likely to feel tired and weak
2. You experience severe pain in your bones.
Then again, many people suffering from Vitamin D deficiency do not display these symptoms.
Which groups of people are prone to Rickets?
Studies have shown that the following groups are more likely to be prone to Vitamin D deficiency:
1. People with dark skin are likely to suffer from Vitamin D deficiency
2. Employees who spend several hours in closed air/conditioned spaces
3. People who often use scarves, gloves or even sunscreen all the time
4. People who have thinner skin (including the aged)
5. Infants that are being breastfed
Know more about rickets
According to Dr. Anita Suryanarayan, Vice President (South India and Sri Lanka) at Metropolis Healthcare, said that the recent spike in the number of people who lack Vitamin D could be attributed to the lack of physical activity and numerous “desk” jobs.
“Kids these days have started spending a lot of time playing games on their digital devices instead of running about in the parks,” added Dr. Suryanarayan. She also commented that the increase in consumption of adulterated and processed food has also weakened the body. Thereby, making it difficult for the body to synthesize Vitamin D. “Recent studies have shown that despite being exposed to the sun for about 30 minutes on a daily basis, the human body lacks the required level of Vitamin D,” she explained.
Prevention is better than cure
With the various developments in medical science, one can always resort to different types of treatment to cure themselves.
Then again, diseases triggered by vitamin deficiencies can be prevented by a few simple methods:
1. Consume food items that are rich in Vitamin D, including fish and egg yolk. If you are a vegetarian, you could consume almond milk, soymilk, orange juice, different types of cereals and mushrooms instead of the other dishes.
2. The skin produces sufficient Vitamin D during the middle of the day. Hence, consider walking around in the open at the point in time.
3. In case you live in an area that does not receive ample sunlight (e.g., countries in extreme parts of the northern hemisphere), you could resort to indoor tanning.
4. Play a sport or be part of trekking and adventure groups. You might enjoy soaking the sun after all.
So brighten up your days; live a long and strong life.