Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for bone and muscle development and in preventing osteoporosis. Vitamin D deficiency may not result in any obvious symptoms but, without treatment, it can have significant health effects and increase a person’s risk of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of bowel cancer, heart disease, infections, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, headaches and autoimmune diseases.
Sources of Vitamin D
The main source of vitamin D comes from exposure of the skin to sunlight. It is also found in fatty fish such as herring, salmon and mackerel. Other sources include eggs, meat and fortified foods such as margarine. For most Australians, adequate vitamin D levels are unlikely to be achieved through dietary sources alone.
People at risk of vitamin D deficiency
Older people in residential care or those who are hospitalized, particularly people with hip fractures are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, as are people living in institutional facilities. This is partly explained by age-related thinning of the skin and reduced sunlight exposure.
Other people at risk include those with dark skin, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, pregnant mothers and people with hyperparathyroidism
The supplementation of vitamin D
You doctor might decide that you need vitamin D supplements to increase your bone strength and overall health. The amount of vitamin D that is required can vary greatly from person to person and cannot usually be supplied by conventional products. This is where compounding comes in. By working with your doctor we are able to customize a vitamin D supplement that is unique to your specific needs that will keep your bones strong and your body healthy.