How To Tell If You’re Vitamin D Deficient – Refinery29
Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, says that vitamin D should be considered a “priority vitamin” due to its many protective benefits, which extend far beyond bone health. Studies suggest that vitamin D may help ward off certain diseases, including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and breast cancer.
But unfortunately, an estimated one billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin D deficiencies — and many of them may not realize they’re vitamin D deficient, especially since people can be deficient during the warmer summer months when they feel as if they are getting plenty of rays. Symptoms of a deficiency can include general tiredness, muscle weakness, and muscle pain, but it’s pretty hard to spot without getting a blood test.
“Vitamin D deficiency is a silent disease,” says Dana G. Cohen, MD. “There aren’t really any signs or symptoms until it’s too late.”
Ahead, we break down how to tell if you’re vitamin D deficient.