Why am I writing my experience when the title clearly talks about children? This is because my experience might help others deal with the symptoms sooner unlike my case where I struggled with different kinds of pain for a year. The general physician said that there was nothing wrong with me and it might all be in my head. I knew that was not the case and was frustrated because no one could find the cause. Two years ago I visited an orthosurgeon for pain in my ribs and back. I wasn’t expecting him to find out the cause though. I was constantly suffering from body pains all over even when I never did anything special. I was having trouble doing simple yoga poses and even though the pain was tolerable, it was definitely uncomfortable. I became scared of aggravating the pain and unconsciously ended up restricting my movements. When I consulted an orthosurgeon, he advised to get my vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D blood test result takes a day so when I went to collect the reports I found out that I had vitamin D deficiency. My vitamin D levels were < 3 , the normal vitamin D level is 20-50ng/ml. I was prescribed Torflash powder sachet once a week for 6 months and then once a month for another six months. Torflash vitamin D sachet has 60,000 iu/gm. Now I am finally free from pain.
Deficiency of vitamin D causes weakness in bones and muscles which was my symptom. Vitamin D is directly connected to the regulation of body’s phosphate and calcium levels and thus contributing to dental and bone health. Recent studies have proved that vitamin D helps to prevent diabetes type 1, a chronic disorder usually found in children. Diabetes type 1 is an autoimmune disorder where our immunity cells attacks the pancreatic cells or beta cells which produces insulin by mistake. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate glucose levels in our body. Many of you might have seen diabetic people taking pen type insulin injections.
Diabetes is a condition that cannot be cured but only controlled by lifestyle and treatments. So it is better to prevent it, especially when it comes to kids. We don’t want to be on insulin for their whole lives, do we?
Studies show that higher levels of vitamin D can prevent diabetes in children. They help the immune system from misidentifying our own cells and thus prevent them from attacking the pancreatic cells. Please remember that vitamin D is essential for a healthy teeth, muscle and bone strength. Because of the use of sunscreens and clothing, our body doesn’t really get enough sun exposure. Depending on our skin colour, our body may require anywhere between 30 to two hours of sun exposure to produce the adequate amount of vitamin D. Nobody risks being in the sun for that long due to various reasons like tanning, sun burns and chances of skin cancer. The ultraviolet rays in the sun accelerates the ageing process by depleting collagen and producing free radicles. I don’t think it’s worth it to stay in the sun during the peak hours i.e,10am-4pm.
My doctor advised to get sun exposure during the early morning hours when the rays are not too strong (7-8am) or in the evening after 4:30pm. My mom also takes vitamin D sachet once a month for the past two years and her doctor has asked her to continue it for a long time along with calcium and multivitamins as she is above fifty and in menopause phase. Even though dealing with menopause can be tricky mom has not complained about anything so far and is still running around with her volunteering team friends.
*Even though the normal levels of vitamin D is from 20-50, only less than 12ng/ml is considered as vitamin D deficiency.
Risks of vitamin D:
Rickets, a disease that interferes with mineralization of bone tissues
Increases the chances of cardiovascular/heart diseases
Severe asthma and increases chance of diabetes in kids
Increases Various Cancer risks
Foods that has vitamin D :
(one serving of 200 calories)
Fishoil/cod liver oil: 2217 IU
Soy milk: 304 IU
Kellogg cereal: 131IU
Orange juice: 134IU
Cheese 1 slice:40IU