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

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 06, 2015
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.
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    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.

    The Horrific Effects!
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    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 be Depressed
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    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.

    You will Develop Aggressive Prostate Cancer
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    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.

    Increased Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
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    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.

    You are at Risk of Psoriatic Arthritis
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    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.

    Risk of Severe Heart Disease can Increase
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    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 can get Pneumonia
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    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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    You are Less Likely to Survive Cancer
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