The Many Benefits of Normal Vitamin D Levels

Do you know your vitamin D level? Healthcare providers are becoming increasingly aware of the significance of having adequate levels of vitamin D. It was first recognized as important in the prevention of rickets in children in the 1930s. Scientists identified that low vitamin D levels in children was contributing to this condition and caused softening of bones, fractures, and skull deformities. Today, doctors diagnose vitamin D deficiency as the cause of a variety of symptoms in adults and children, alike.

Bone Health 

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bone development. Low levels are associated with higher levels of the parathyroid hormone (PTH). Your bones stay strong because your body is constantly breaking down bone mass and rebuilding it again. When PTH is elevated, the breakdown process starts working faster than the rebuilding process, resulting in weakening and thinning of bones. Low vitamin D levels are therefore associated with osteopenia and osteoporosis. Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, in addition to regular weight bearing physical activity, will keep your bones healthy and strong.

Muscle Function

Some studies have shown a relationship between muscle weakness and low vitamin D levels in both children and adults. This becomes even more important in light of the risk of bone fractures with low vitamin D. Weaker muscles can lead to more falls, leading then to more fractures. This cycle may be broken with normal blood levels of vitamin D.

Cancer Prevention

Many studies have indicated that vitamin D and its components can decrease the rate of cells multiplying. This is particularly beneficial with abnormal cells that have a propensity for multiplying—such as cancer cells. Cancers that show some association with low vitamin D levels and are continued to be studied are ovarian, breast, colon, and prostate cancer. While research continues, it is safe to say that normal vitamin D levels may have a protective benefit.

Immune System 

Your immune system protects your body from infection and invasion of foreign substances. It also sends protective cells and antibodies to destroy what it recognizes as a danger to the body. Vitamin D has also been linked to autoimmune diseases (those caused by an immune response that attacks healthy cells in the body). It is believed that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of certain autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. Additionally, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes has been associated with lower levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is also believed to help fight certain infections, such as tuberculosis, acute COPD attacks, and upper respiratory infections such as the coronavirus. Normal levels of vitamin D may protect us from autoimmune illnesses and help us fight infections.

 Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular problems have been linked with low vitamin D levels. The relationship between cardiovascular health and vitamin D levels is a topic of a lot of current studies. Some evidence has been found that low vitamin D levels may contribute to high blood pressure as well as other issues.

Mental health

Normal vitamin D levels have different benefits in mental health. Low vitamin D levels are associated with depression and cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining normal vitamin D levels shows promise in preventing many mental health problems.


The importance of normal vitamin D levels during pregnancy cannot be stressed enough. Low levels can have negative effects on the baby’s bones, immune system, possible future development of autoimmune disorders, and their overall health. Low levels can also cause complications during pregnancy. Maintaining normal vitamin D levels is essential for your baby’s health and well-being.

Integrative and Functional Medicine in Weatherford, TX

Dr. Catherine Oseni is an expert in integrative and functional medicine. She has the knowledge, experience and tools that you need to achieve your healthiest life. She can identify ways for you to improve your health, including how well you are giving your body the nutrients it needs.

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