Prevent Calcium and Vit D Deficiency

Published: 22nd April 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Calcium deficiency in patients has to be addressed before it gives rise to serious issues and excruciating pain and can even cause your bones to break while doing simple tasks.

Hence, it is important to identify  symptoms like fatigue, pain in the joints, bones and difficulty in walking. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you must consult with your health practitioners.

Dr R Rajkumar, medical director and orthopedic specialist, Rangadore Memorial Hospital says, "Bones become weak and brittle due to calcium deficiency and in such cases, the patient does not need to fall to suffer a fracture. The bones can break even while doing very simple tasks or while lifting small weights".

Women are more likely to suffer from this condition especially during pregnancy and after menopause when their bodies are weak and hence calcium tablets along with supplements for hormone improvement are recommended. Dr Asha Benakappa, HOD pediatrics, Vani Vilas Hospital says, "For pregnant women, calcium tablets should be given 100 days prior to and after delivery. They should be exposed to sunlight for at least 10 minutes daily. It is also important that babies are given Vitamin D3 tablets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has several important functions in the body. For example, it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body and these nutrients are necessary to keep bones and teeth healthy.

A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults.

Good sources of vitamin D

We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight. However, if you are out in the sun, take care to cover up or protect your skin with sunscreen before you turn red or get burnt. Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods including oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel, eggs,fortified fat spreads, fortified breakfast cereals and some powdered milks.


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