Polly, I'm sure the doctor might have suggested you weekly tablets and injection for vitamin D's deficiency. You should add some nutritious food in your diet, take full cream milk, mixed fruit salad, vegetables especially beet root... it will improve your condition ISA.
i'm not saying to stay in the sun at 45 degrees Celsius for a whole day... That why i said that after you eat (about 30 minutes to 1 hour) it would be best to just walk around for 10 minutes in the sunlight (either morning or sunset)
the link between Vitamin D deficeincy and depression (bipolar disorder, low-mood...) exists.
scientific studies place hypovitD as a risk factor, not a triggering causal factor of depression.
tableF-6 Evidence Map for Neuropsychological Functioning page 1022
thanks drsam. do you know if deificiency can cause low mood, anxiety etc
one last note:
do not exceed the 10 or 30 min; sun can be very very dangerous at noon. but i couldn't find any scientific base for many doctors recommendations to get exposure at sunrise/sunset. the incidence of the sun rays is almost nil. if anyone can give a link that supports exposure early in the morning or late afternoon, i'll be very thankfull.
however all official studies can't recommend sunlight exposure for vit D since toomany risks (DNA deterioration, cancer skin, sun stroke, eye problems...) and to many parameters (skin color, location, time, UV index,...)
these official studies stress on the intake or vit D.
for the ultime reference (a 1100+ pages) that sum up all researches, and all previous studies:
not for faint hearted tho! have a look.
drsam...thats great info. Noted.
if the UV index is 2, 30 min in the sun exposing as much of ur skin, twice aweek at noon.
UV2 IN DOHA: from november to february.
UV=3 10 min 2 times a week at noon.
uv3 in doha: sept, oct, march, april at noon
summer before 11:00 and after 15:00
This is bizzare! The sunlight triggers Vitamin D production. Isn't there enough sun here? Of course, if you cover up, you'll have to suffer.
This is what i would like to say earlier may be you have an issue of absorption problem.Not only depression may take you many other problems
Hi Shinewood , I am at a score of around 10 and this after a medication of 1.5 months. Can vit d deficiency cause depression like symptoms? My doctors feel i may have an absorption issue.
thanks all for responding
This is very common in Doha now a days,causes yet to know.But frankly speaking you did not mention here how much the value you have at present by the blood test revealed.As I do practice here first re-place the insuficiency by injections why ? ofcourse the potiency of the drug will rapidly get to the noraml target i.e. 30-8o. Your doctor will investigate why you have this deficiency could be any reason for that. Exposer to Sun will just normally help every one but sudden low should be properly investigate.Till then cheers !!
Vitamin D is used by the body to process calcium for the bones.
It's naturally occurring when you're in the sunlight.
I strongly suggest that you take a walk after you eat right before sunset.
Make sure that you eat calcium containing products (milk, cheese) as well as items from all the food groups (vegetables, meat, dairy).
If you are lactose intolerant, try taking calcium supplements.
It's best if u allow your body to produce vitamin D naturally instead of taking medication.
if you are already under medication, prescribed by a doctor, I hope, please refer back to him/her and express your concerns on the treatment/time lapse to get results.
If it is on your own just consider the fact that all human beings are different and our responses to medication are also different. Better go to a doctor and ask for guidance/best practices.
You can include vitamin d in your regular diet.
Foods that contain vitamin D include:
Oily fish (such as sardines, pilchards, herring, trout, tuna, salmon and mackerel).
Fortified foods (this means they have vitamin D added to them) such as margarine, some cereals, infant formula milk.
u should expose ur back to sun light...go to the beach for an example, or at ur garden, or even ur flat balcony.
It mainly affects local woman as they cover up too much. Vit D is produced natuarally by your body on exposure to sun light. Only in extreme cases should you need supplements.