If you’re constantly getting sick, feel tired for no reason, and find yourself prone to stress fractures, a vitamin D deficiency could be why.
BY STACEY FEINTUCH
A quick vitamin D primer
You walk in the sunshine every day (wearing your SPF of course). You eat right. You get enough sleep. But you still may be missing something even if you’re doing all the right things—vitamin D. Though rare, severely low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets in children and osteomalacia (softening of the bones) in adults. Left untreated, these conditions can lead to bone pain, soft and brittle bones, and muscle pain and weakness, according to the Cleveland Clinic. But recent research has suggested a connection between even moderately low levels of vitamin D and a number of surprising health conditions, including diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. Here are a few sneaky signs that you might not be getting enough vitamin D. If you feel that you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, talk with your healthcare provider, who will likely recommend a blood test. This is really the only way to accurately determine your vitamin D level. Then you can discuss ways to boost your levels, typically by taking an over-the-counter supplement.