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The role of Vitamin D in preventing diseases

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-12-02
 



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Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins that are produced naturally in the body. In fact Vitamin D is produced in the body without any artificial diet necessary for its production. In spite of this, there are many people who have a decreased level of the Vitamin D in their system. This article lists the various roles that are played by the Vitamin D in preventing diseases.

Vitamin D is got from various sources. The primary source is from the exposure to sun light. A person who is exposed adequately to the sun light will have the Vitamin D produced in the body. If the person is not exposed adequately to the sun due to various reasons, the person should take a multi vitamin supplement to ensure that there is no decrease in the level of this Vitamin in the body. The other sources of this Vitamin are the food we eat. Egg yolk, beef liver and fish are some of the other sources. Fish eaten cooked or taken as fish oils are useful in supplementing this Vitamin in the body.

The most common disorders that are caused when there is a decrease in the level of this Vitamin D in the body are mostly related to the skeletal system. This has to mainly do with the role of Vitamin D in the body. The fat soluble Vitamin D helps in absorption of Calcium and also Phosphorous from the food we eat. If a person does not have the vitamin in the body, then there is a decreased absorption of these minerals and they can lead to problems of the bones.

Rickets:

This is seen in children who have Vitamin D deficiency. The child will have deformed bones and the bones will be weak due to lack of minerals in the bone. This can be prevented by intake of adequate Vitamin D.

Osteomalacia:

This is a bone disorder in older people. This is again due to the decreased mineralization of the bones. The bones in the adults wilt under pressure and can also be deformed.

Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis can also occur in people who have decreased Vitamin D in their body. This is because a person with decreased Vitamin D will have decreased bone strength due to the decreased presence of Calcium and also phosphorous. This decreased presence of these minerals can cause the bone to become weak and will be prone for fractures.

The presence of Vitamin D in the body of pregnant women also helps to decrease the chances of the baby being born to have various deformities. This is a great thing and all pregnant women are encouraged to eat multivitamin tablets and Vitamin D supplements.

The presence of Vitamin D has also been found to decrease the chance of a person getting heart attack. This is especially true in males.

These are the various advantages of having Vitamin D in adequate amounts in the body. Any decrease in the levels can cause the problems mentioned above.


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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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