U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 29-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Vitamin D deficiency: ....Makes you more likely to catch illnesses. It makes you more likely to develop immune problems. A variety of cancers are more likely with low d. Some studies have even shown increased likelihood of death from all causes in d deficient people. Not to mention, d is necessary for strong bones. Vitamin d deficiency is a significant problem.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Several things: First an inadequate amount of vitamin d in the diet, or the inability to absorb vitamin d and fats (d is fat soluable). Also, inadequate exposure to sunlight, which converts vitamin d to its active form. Being a radiologist and working in a dark room all day, i'm surprised more of my colleagues don't have it!
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why might it be that I have a vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Intake?: Vitamin d can be ingested (in milk or supplements) and can also be created in your skin via sun exposure. The latter is becoming less common as most of us use sunscreen! vit d plays a vital role in bone development and woman are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Got milk? Increase milk intake, use supplements as necessary, and increase weight bearing exercise to build bone!
A 32-year-old member asked:

What happens with vitamin d deficiency?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Vitamin D: With gross deficiencies of vitamin d, one can have rickets -- where bones don't mineralize properly and can be deformed. Low d may show up as bone pain and muscle weakness at first. Low vitamin d also correlates with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in seniors, severe asthma in kids, cancer, hypertension, depression, glucose intolerance, and ms.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can I treat a vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Vitamin D supplement: Vitamin d deficiency is treated with supplemental vitamin d; you should discuss with your physician what is the most appropriate type and dose of vitamin d for your specific situation.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
I would try to get 10-15 minutes of natural sunlight a day if possible. Blood work Can be done to examine levels and supplementation given based on results.
Sep 29, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

What could cause a vitamin d deficiency?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Low intake/absorptio: Examples are individuals on special diet, e.g. Vegan diet or the ones having fat malabsorption from intestines due to pancreatic insufficiency or liver failure.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Lack of sunlight as well.
Sep 29, 2012

Related questions

A 39-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jul 30, 2017

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.