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7 Scary Things that can Happen if you Don’t get Enough Vitamin D

The benefits of vitamin are pretty well-known. But how disastrous its deficiency could be may not be known to many. So, here we give the dangerous effects of having low levels of vitamin D in your blood.

Exercise & Fitness By Vasudha BhatFeb 06, 2015

The Horrific Effects!

A low level of vitamin D in the body can be associated with heap of health-related troubles. Besides, if you get diagnosed with any serious condition like breast or prostate cancer, the chances of survival are reduced significantly in comparison to a person who has a normal level of vitamin D in their body. Although the link between low level of vitamin D and poor health known still, the experts suggest that the Institute of Medicine’s current recommended daily consumption of 600 IU for men and women is really low. So, here is a list of things which explain how the deficiency of vitamin D can take a toll on your daily life and well-being.

You will be Depressed

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry which included over 31,000 participants showed that people who had a low level of vitamin D in their blood were more than twice likely to be diagnosed with depression. Some areas of brain and the hippocampus which are responsible for regulating the mood contain vitamin D receptors. So, in case the level of vitamin D goes down it may affect the functioning of these parts, suggests the study.

You will Develop Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Men with a low level of vitamin D in their bodies are at 4 to 5 times higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, says a study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Increased Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The findings of a study published in the journal Neurology told that adults who were moderately deficient in vitamin D were at 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia. Also, people experienced severe deficiency had 125 percent increased risk of the disease compared to healthy people with a good vitamin D level.

You are at Risk of Psoriatic Arthritis

Almost 30 percent patients who suffer from psoriasis also have a condition called psoriatic arthritis, in which the immune system attacks the joints leading to inflammation and pain. A recent study also found that up to 62 percent of people with psoriatic research shows that low levels of vitamin D can cause inflammatory conditions like psoriatic arthritis to worsen.

Risk of Severe Heart Disease can Increase

People who suffer vitamin D deficiency were at a 32 percent increased risk of coronary artery disease compared to people who has normal levels. These people were also 20 percent more likely to suffer from a severe form of the disease having an effect on multiple vessels, claims a research presented at last year’s American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session.

You can get Pneumonia

The risk developing pneumonia is 2.5 times more in people who have the lowest levels of vitamin D in their blood, said the researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found. In previous research, it was suggested that the deficiency of vitamin D can weaken the immune system increasing the risk of contracting illnesses like respiratory infections.

You are Less Likely to Survive Cancer

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that cancer patients who had higher levels of vitamin D lived more and remained in remission for longer than patients who were deficient. It was found by the researchers that every 10 point increase in vitamin D levels was associated with a 4 percent increase in survival among people with cancer.

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