Vitamin D Deficiency: How Work From Home Is Affecting You!

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Updated On - October 26, 2020 Chaitra K
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Staying indoors while working from home for a long time now? Though lockdown, social distancing and quarantine have served us good in dodging covid-19, it has created an unpleasant side effect too – lack of Vitamin D! Today, a large portion of the world’s population already shows the signs of Vitamin D Deficiency! 

Most of us are continuing to WFH even though the lockdown has been lifted. You only step out when there’s no other choice. While this is a responsible lifestyle in today’s pandemic, it is certainly depriving you of sunlight, causing Vitamin D deficiency. Most of the Vitamin D our body needs is synthesized in our skin on sun’s exposure using ultraviolet (UVB) rays; other sources being diet and supplements. 

Sunlight is one of the chief sources of Vitamin D, staying home almost all the time and hardly going out during the day is a sure way to have an inefficient amount of it. Wondering if a vitamin D deficiency is a big deal for your overall health and well-being. Read further

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Here’s Why Vitamin D is Important:

✔ Vitamin D is an important ingredient for the health of our bones and teeth.
✔ Our body needs Vitamin D to process and absorb calcium from the gut.
✔ It is a nutrient that strengthens bone tissues and is vital for many other important roles.
✔ It is crucial for skin protection as it helps in skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism as well as prevents skin ageing.

✔ Studies suggest that insufficient levels of vitamin D may cause mental disorders such as depression hampering the quality of life.

What Happens When You Lack Vitamin D In Your Body?

  1. Vitamin D deficiency leads to increased risk of Diabetes.
  2. Infections and autoimmune diseases due to a weak immune system are common among people who lack Vitamin D.
  3. Calcium alone can’t build bone strength; you need Vitamin D too. Otherwise, your bone density will deteriorate. 
  4. Regeneration of bone cells will slow down, causing premature bone-related problems. 
  5. The chance of suffering fractures, joint pains and inflammations will increase.
  6. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to specific cancers, including cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, gallbladder, pancreas, lung, breast, uterus, ovary, prostate, urinary bladder, kidney, skin, thyroid, and hematopoietic system.

Skin Problems from Vitamin-D deficiency

Skin being the body’s largest organ, it is much more closely linked to Vitamin D deficiency than many people even realize. Vitamin D strongly impacts the health of our skin and lack of this essential nutrient will create a pathway to many dermatological diseases.

  1. Low levels of vitamin D accelerates skin ageing, increases risks of skin cancers.
  2. Healthy levels of vitamin D helps in skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism.
  3. One may frequently suffer from dry, itchy skin, and psoriasis.
  4. A recent study shows that people with acne and rosacea had lower levels of vitamin D. When these patients were supplemented with advised amounts of vitamin D for 8 weeks, their inflammation showed significant improvements.
  5. Loss of skin colour in patches (Vitiligo) is also associated with this deficiency.
  6. Hair loss and skin diseases become more prevalent.
  7. Vitamin D prepares the immune system to fight off wound infections. Hence, a lower amount of vitamin D hampers wound healing.  

How To Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency?

The best way to get vitamin D is from the sun. Other ways are from diet and supplementation. 

SUN

Expose your skin to the sun for a short period of time every day, preferably in the morning and evening avoiding peak sun hours. Too much of sun can cause skin ageing, skin cancers and much more.

DIET

Some of the dietary sources of vitamin D:
1. Fatty fish, Fish liver oil, Fortified Bread and Egg yolk.
2. Milk, Soy Milk, Yogurt, Almond Milk

SUPPLEMENTS

First of all, you need to know for sure if you have low levels of Vitamin D level in your body. There are easy diagnostic tests to determine your blood Vitamin D level. Once the tests indicate Vitamin D deficiency, your dermatologist can determine what supplements are part of the best treatment option for individual skin concerns.

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Content Credits:

  1. https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/vitamin-d-a-rapid-review-of-the-evidence-for-treatment-or-prevention-in-covid-19/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4642156/

About Author

Chaitra K
I’m a Skin Care Enthusiast from Bangalore, a writer here @CureSkin teamed up with Expert Dermatologists to spread awareness on the right kind of skin and hair care for men and women. Inspiring people to explore the skin and hair care that suits their need and help them look and feel beautiful is my full-time job. Skin & hair problems affect every person's self-esteem and confidence. Hence I love helping people by giving them the best information about skin and hair health with my writing, driven by the BEST Dermatologists.