7 In 10 Indians Suffer From Vitamin Deficiency-Shocking!
It is well known that we all need vitamins for staying healthy. However, there is something shocking that I have to tell you! A recent study has found that an alarming number of Indians are deficient in essential vitamins.
The study was conducted by Metrolpolis Healthcare. They tested Indians to observe their deficiency and sufficiency in vitamins like Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B9 (Folic acid). It has been found that 75% of the population is deficient in these vitamins!
A health expert says that Indians usually have a rather lethargic attitude towards vitamins. The deficiencies of vitamins develop slowly over months and years. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are muscle and joint pain, bone pain, fatigue, weakness and even depression. It has also been observed that those who have a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have diabetes no matter what their weight is. The early diagnosis and treatment of vitamin deficiencies can prevent health related issues.
14, 96,683 patients had undergone the vitamin tests and what was found is as follows:
- 81.28% of the people were deficient in vitamin D
- 21.02% of the people were deficient in vitamin B12
- 15.06% of the people were deficient in vitamin B9
Deficiency of vitamin D
81.28% of the people tested are deficient in vitamin D!!! Shocking! In spite of being a tropical country with ample sunshine, we Indians are deficient in vitamin D. The deficiency of the sunshine vitamin has reached epidemic proportions in India! It is unique as it is produced by the body and works as a hormone.
Why is vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is required for general health and for strong and healthy bones. It is also an important factor in making sure that the muscles, heart, lungs and brain function well and that your body is able to fight infection. Vitamin D even manages calcium in the blood, bones and gut and it helps the cells of the body in communicating properly.
Vitamin D sources
The human body can make its own vitamin D from sunlight. A small amount is obtained from few foods. Vitamin D can also be obtained from supplements.
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
- Weak bones, rickets
- Tooth decay
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney stones
- Poor calcium absorption
The most common reason behind vitamin D deficiency is limited exposure to the sun.
Deficiency of vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 has a lot to do with the functioning of the brain and nervous system. It has a role to play in the formation of blood too.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency
- Memory loss
- Weight loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mental problems
- Respiratory trouble
Long term deficiency can result in a heart attack or stroke.
Sources of vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is found in meat, fish, poultry, dairy items and eggs. A diet that is pure vegetarian can result in vitamin B12 deficiency. Perhaps that is why the deficiency of this vitamin is getting so common.
Deficiency of Vitamin B9
Vitamin B9 or folic acid is a water soluble vitamin which is a part of the B vitamin family.
Folic acid is needed for many body functions. It is essential for pregnant women in order to prevent birth defects in the brain or spine of the unborn baby.
Symptoms of vitamin B9 deficiency
- Sore tongue
- Cracks on the corner of the mouth
Advanced deficiency includes symptoms of memory loss, affected growth of brain and nerves, weakness and cracking of skin.
The other common signs are gastro trouble, diarrhea, inflamed tongue and loss of appetite.
The bottom line
Find out you are deficient in which vitamin and get treated accordingly.
Hope you found this post useful!
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