The discussion over vitamin D deficiency has been ongoing for several years now. Doctors, health specialists, and nutritionists have continued to research and debate how a lack of vitamin D influences the body and what kind of characteristics generally follow. As more research continues to build with credibility and consensus, there is a general understanding of what kinds of people tend to fit the characteristics of those with vitamin D deficiency. The reality is that anyone can suffer from the results of not having enough vitamin D, but generally speaking many people who have confirmed vitamin D deficiency may fit into one of the following categories:
- Pregnant women.
- Older people whose skin and bones tend to be weaker and thinner.
- People who constantly cover their skin, blocking out both direct and indirect sunlight (with either clothing or sunblock).
- Those who spend copious amounts of time inside during the day; (e.g. nightshift workers, cubicle workers, etc).
- Obese people.
- Those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
- People with darker skin pigment.
- Those living in regions or climates that lack direct sunshine or seasonal hours of daylight (i.e. northern countries, mountainous areas, etc).
Vitamin D deficiency often has a combination of causes. Your Healthmark Foot and Ankle doctors can take the proper steps to identify whether or not a patient needs more vitamin D in their diet. If you feel as though you fit into one or more of these categories, or are simply curious about the importance of vitamin D in the body please download a free copy of our report on understanding the subject.
The Foot is Not an Island: Recognizing Vitamin D Deficiency & How to Correct it is available for free download here.