Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency in Miami Seniors
Lack of proper intake of vitamin D, or vitamin D deficiency, is a common condition among people across the age spectrum. However, older adults are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency, and the signs of it can be muddled because its symptoms are often subtle and confused with other health conditions common amongst the elderly in Miami. Learning about the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can help you identify if the loved ones in your life have this condition and can also help them get the treatment that they need.
At Advancare, our team of professional caregivers is trained to recognize vitamin D deficiency symptoms and signs in the elderly. If we notice any of the following symptoms, we will direct your senior to the appropriate treatment options. We’re also happy to share our advice about calcium and vitamin D recommendations for osteoporosis.
In order to ensure that older adults get the nutrients that they need, be aware of the following vitamin D deficiency symptoms.
In older adults, low levels of vitamin D is linked with weak muscles, which manifests in different ways. Seniors tend to feel a heaviness in their legs and have difficulty standing up and using stairs. If your senior has suffered from a fall or fracture, there is a good chance that an underlying issue is vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D plays a role in regulating appetite and body weight. Lower levels of vitamin D tend to be associated with obesity, and at the other end of the spectrum, high vitamin D levels are associated with low body fat. When vitamin D intake is reduced, the body doesn’t know the appropriate time to stop eating.
Changes in Cognitive Function and Mood
Vitamin D is believed to help regulate the release of neurotransmitters into the brain (serotonin and dopamine) that influence moods. Low vitamin D levels may be associated with depression and seasonal affective disorder, so seniors who feel depressed may actually be suffering from vitamin D deficiency.
What Causes Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency in seniors can be caused by a number of different factors. They include:
- Lack of exposure to sunlight
- Lack of an adequate amount of vitamin D in your diet
- Failure to absorb vitamin D from food
- Livers or kidneys fail to convert vitamin D to its active form in the body
How to Boost Vitamin D
While changing your diet to include more food rich in vitamin D can help with deficiency, most people only get 10 percent of their nutritional requirement for vitamin D from their diet. To boost vitamin D, consider encouraging lifestyle changes such as getting more sunlight, as well as adding a vitamin D supplement.
Miami, FL At-Home Senior Care
The home care services offered by Advancare are the perfect solution for seniors who wish to stay in place but need support to remain at home safely. Our professional caregivers are trained to recognize things like vitamin D deficiency, and we will take steps to work with the senior’s family to develop a solution.
To learn more about our team of caregivers, contact us at (305) 441-9794.