Dr. Holick explains what occurs when a woman is vitamin D deficient.
So, part of the problem is that it’s just not easy to say that you’re vitamin D deficient because it does, you just don’t wake up one morning and all of a sudden, all of a sudden there’s something on your forehead saying that you are vitamin D deficient. It’s a very slow, gradual process, and often women don’t realize that.
In fact, I recently had a female physician who came up to me after one of my talks and thanked me because she said she had not realized that she was just not feeling well, that she had aches and pains in her bones and muscles. She thought that she was just getting older and that was why she has had arthritis-like symptoms in her hands, but when she measured her vitamin D level, her 25-hydroxy vitamin D, she was severely D-deficient.
She took vitamin D and now her life has turned around, and so it’s a very subtle process. It takes a long time for these symptoms to evolve, and often people will say, “Well, that’s because I have three teenagers driving me crazy at home and so I just feel depressed and I just have achiness,” or “It’s the wintertime, so I just don’t feel well.” Well, a lot of this could be due to vitamin D deficiency.
About Dr. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.:
Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., is the Professor of Medicine of Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Holick specializes in vitamin D, calcium, bone metabolism, photobiology of vitamin, and osteoporosis. Dr. Holick is also the recipient of the American Skin Associations Psoriasis Research Achievement Award, the American College of Nutrition Award, the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and more.