Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency from Thyroid Disorders


As you know, thyroid disorder can cause vitamin D Deficiency. The only way to know for sure if you’re vitamin D deficient is via blood testing. Here are a few signs, however, you should look for. If any of the following apply to you, you should get your vitamin D level tested as soon as possible.

• Darker Skin—Africian Americans have a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. Their dark skin causes them to need as much as10 times more sun to give them the mandatory dosage of vitamin D, they would have to have that much more sun contact. Their skin pigment acts like a natural sunscreen, so the darker the pigment you have, the more time you need to spend in the sun each day to make acceptable amounts of vitamin D.

• Depression—Serotonin is the hormone in the brain linked with mood. It rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure. In a study it showed that of those with vitamin D deficiency, 11 times more apt to be depressed than those without the deficiency.

• You’re 50+ in Age—The aging process causes the skin not to make as much vitamin D from sun exposure. Your kidneys then become less effective at changing vitamin D into the form used by the body. Older people tend to stay indoors more, so they receive less time in the sun than ever before, and also to have even lower vitamin D levels.

• You become Overweight, Obese, or Have a Higher Muscle Mass—Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin like hormones. Your body acts like a sink for collecting it. If you’re overweight or have greater muscle mass, you have a bigger body. Therefore you need more vitamin D than a person who is slimmer.

• You have Achy Bones—Many people who visit their physician complaining of aches and pains along with fatigue are usually misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. These symptoms, however, are signs of vitamin D deficiency osteomalacia. This is different from just vitamin D deficiency that causes osteoporosis. What happens is the vitamin D deficiency causes a flaw in putting calcium into the collagen of your skeleton. Because of this, your bones ache.

• Sweating of the Head—One of the first signs you may notice is that your head sweats a lot. This is a classic sign of vitamin D deficiency. Doctors used to ask new mothers questions about their newborns and head sweating was one of them. Extreme sweating in newborns due to neuromuscular petulance is still designated as a common early symptom of vitamin D deficiency.

• Gut Trouble—Often people with gastrointestinal conditions (gut trouble) they have problems absorbing fat. Since vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, this means that suffering from conditions can make it more difficulty to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Other gut conditions such as Chrohns, celiac/non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease are other gut problems that can cause vitamin D deficiency.
It is important, if you suffer from thyroid problems that you have your vitamin D level checked regularly. It is also a good idea to do as much as you can naturally, like get plenty of sun, to help keep a healthy level.