Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is now a global public-health problem affecting an estimated 1 billion people. Vitamin D deficiencies are connected to the increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Moreover, people with a diagnosis of prostate or breast cancer have lower chances to survive than those with normal levels of vitamin D.
Here are 10 categories of people that are in risk group:
- Adults older than 55.
- Office workers.
- People with darker skin.
- Inflammatory bowel disease patients.
- Vegans and vegetarians.
- People with a high body fat percentage.
- People taking medications such as corticosteroids, weight-loss drugs, and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine.
- People with constant joint and muscles aches.
- People suffering from depression.
- People suffering from chronic headaches.
A clinical review, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, finds that about 1 billion people around the globe may experience vitamin D deficiency or be insufficient of vitamin D levels because of chronic disease and improper sun exposure connected to sunscreen use.
Moreover, the study found that 95% of African American adults may be vitamin D deficient or have insufficient levels of the vitamin.
A researcher on this study Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, assistant professor at Touro University, explains: “People are spending less time outside and, when they do go out, they’re typically wearing sunscreen, which essentially nullifies the body’s ability to produce vitamin D. While we want people to protect themselves against skin cancer, there are healthy, moderate levels of unprotected sun exposure that can be very helpful in boosting vitamin D.”
A recent study, performed by the team of researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, suggests that a number of youngsters suffer from migraines due to the vitamin deficiency. Still, authors note further studies are needed to know whether vitamin supplementation will be effective in the treatment of the headache disorder.
For this study, the researchers examined migraine patients who were kids, teens and youngsters. The participants received treatment for the condition at the Headache Center. During the study, the scientists have found that many of the patients had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.
The authors of the research said: “Girls and young women were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies. Boys and young men were more likely to have vitamin D deficiencies.”
The results of the study also show that deficiencies of coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin were found more in people with chronic migraines compared to those with episodic migraine sufferers.
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