Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, plays a crucial role in regulating levels of calcium and maintaining phosphorus levels in the body; both fundamental factors to help maintain healthy bones. In adults, lack of vitamin D results in softening of the bones, clinically known as osteoporosis.
Not only needing vitamin D for healthy bones, we also need vitamin D to fight off colds and flus, to decrease our risk of diabetes. Individuals with type 2 diabetes with lower levels of vitamin D negatively effects insulin secretion and glucose tolerance. Decreased levels of vitamin D has also been associated with allergies and diseases including asthma, atopic dermatitis and eczema, it is suggested that Vitamin D encourages the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids.
Pregnant ladies who face a deficiency in Vitamin D are at a greater chance of developing preeclampsia and are at an even greater chance of requiring a caesarean section, lack of the sunshine vitamin is also linked to gestational diabetes mellitus.
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