December 1

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Vitamin D deficiency

By Dan

December 1, 2010


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I found it amazing that in a country like Australia we have such a huge Vitamin D deficiency problem. It’s really not that hard to get some sun, and its good for you. Ok, you do have to be careful of skin cancer, however, regular check ups will eliminate any threat. Let’s look at the problems Vitamin D deficiency can cause:

  • Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, insulin dependant Diabetes, and undifferentiated connective tissue disease or UCTD which can cover the following
  • Skin – Malar rash, digital skin ulcers, purpura, alopecia, skin tightening, urticaria, or photosensitivity
  • Eyes – Dry eyes, conjunctivitis, or ocular inflammation
  • Salivary glands – Dry mouth or salivary gland enlargement
  • Reticuloendothelial – Lymphadenopathy or splenomegaly
  • Lungs – Dyspnea, orthopnea, cough, wheezing, or pleuritic chest pain
  • Heart – Angina, atypical chest pain, dyspnea, orthopnea, dependent oedema, or pericarditis
  • Vascular – Raynaud phenomenon, history of arterial or venous thrombosis, history of frequent miscarriages, or vasculitis
  • Gastrointestinal – Anorexia, dysphagia, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, hematemesis, melena, jaundice, or diarrhoea
  • Genitalia – Urethral discharge or dysuria
  • Muscles – Muscle weakness, muscle pain, or history of myositis
  • Joints – Arthralgia or arthritis
  • Nervous system – History of seizures, neuropathy or altered mental status

‘The classic and well-known function of vitamin D is to regulate mineral homeostasis and thus bone formation and resorption. On the other hand, less-traditional function of vitamin D has been demonstrated, including substantial effects on the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation, also the vitamin D has been described to modulate immune responses’.

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