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15 Very Common Diseases Caused by Lack of This 1 Common Vitamin
Although researchers still do not fully understand how vitamin D works within the body or how it can impact our overall health, but there are plenty of studies that show that a lack of vitamin D in the body can cause a huge number of diseases and ailments, including the following:
1. Prostate Cancer
In one study published in 2014, researchers looked at the vitamin D levels in almost 700 men between the ages of 40 and 79 who were undergoing prostate biopsies. This link showed that low levels of vitamin D and prostate cancer were very high, especially among African American men. This study showed that African American men with the lowest levels of vitamin D were much more likely to test positive for cancer than those with normal vitamin D levels. This study was published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
In order to have strong, healthy bones, the body must receive sufficient amount of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. Without vitamin D, the body cannot absorb calcium, which causes the bones to become less dense, which weakens them and increases the risk of fractures and breaks.
3. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Studies show that women who get more vitamin D appear to be much less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Also, for those who already suffer from this disease, subjects with the lowest levels of vitamin D tend to be the ones with the most active symptoms. This means that if you or someone you love suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, you can get some measure of pain relief from increasing the levels of this important vitamin.
4. Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar Disorder
Bi-polar disorder, sometimes called schizophrenia, affects more than 2 million Americans. Symptoms tend to start between the ages of 16 and 30, and include withdrawal from others, hallucinations, sometimes intense in nature, incoherent speech or “crazy talk.” There is no cure for schizophrenia, but it is treatable with medication and therapy. It is interesting to note, however, that one study performed in 2014 and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that subjects who were deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to develop bi-polar disorder when compared to those with normal vitamin D blood levels.
5. Frequent Bouts of Influenza
Several studies have shown a connection between a lack of vitamin D in the body and common respiratory infections, such as the flu. Those with the lowest levels of vitamin D appear to have significantly more episodes of cold and flu infections than those with higher vitamin D levels.
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