Experts say Vitamin-D deficiency not only impacts bone health but is also an emerging risk factor for diabetes, coronary heart disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. One of the most frequent diseases in many developing countries is 'rickets' and 'Osteoporosis' (brittle bones).
Vitamin-D is instrumental in helping the body absorb calcium which is the main mineral component of the bones. In the absence of Vitamin-D the metabolism of the body fails to utilise calcium effectively. Over a long term it leads to weak bones and a condition called osteoporosis or 'porous bones'.
Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can point towards a Vitamin-D deficiency. But, in most people symptoms are subtle and rarely manifest themselves. In many people, this deficiency is discovered when they suffer a fracture and are found to have weak bones.
How it affects your skin
Vitamin-D, as we all know, is extremely crucial for the health and strength of our bones as it catalyses calcium absorption. But, vitamin deficiency is also associated with some forms of skin problems like itchy, flaky skin. Lack of Vitamin-D hampers the normal functioning of the body's immune system and this may also make the skin susceptible to infections and interfere with the normal healing processes.
Sun remains the most abundant source of Vitamin-D. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures Vitamin-D. Besides being crucial to bone health, it is also important for the healthy functioning of the body's immune system.
Dr Sharma said, "Lack of sun exposure is a major factor why young urban Indians are growing up with weak bones. The sun, a major source of Vitamin-D, is abundant in India. Yet, the tendency to stay indoors during day time cuts out this useful resource. Spending 15 minutes under the sun daily can help replenish Vitamin D in the body, which is crucial for calcium absorption into the bones."
Dr Muhammed Majeed, Founder and Chairman, Sami Group, said, "In today's extra health conscious world where people are always concerned about their looks and health, the health supplements come in with great relief! This is a good way to get Vitamin-D if one can't get enough sunlight, or if one is worried about exposing his/her skin."