The best and most available of obtaining vitamin D for your body is through sun exposure. But time and again we are told to avoid the sun due to cancer concerns. And while certain supplements and few vitamin-D fortified foods exist, they are often not enough to give you the amount of vitamin D your body needs every day.
Why Women Need Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a bit misnomer. It is not a vitamin; it is a hormone naturally created by your body to help maintain a healthy balance in your body's mental, emotional and physical faculties. Without it, you can experience hormonal imbalances such as:
- Estrogen imbalance. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to lower estrogen levels, which can cause depression, hot flashes, mood swings, and much more.
- Parathyroid hormone imbalance. A vitamin D deficiency limits your body's ability to regulate calcium levels, which your parathyroid controls. Lower calcium regulation increases parathyroid production.
- Pituitary imbalance. Abnormal pituitary cell growth—and thus pituitary tumors—can stem from a vitamin D deficiency.
- Testosterone imbalance. A vitamin D deficiency in women causes a decrease in testosterone production, which can result in fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, and more.
Signs of a Vitamin D Deficiency in Women
Women suffering from a vitamin D deficiency will notice the following symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Decreased sex drive
- Sleep problems (e.g., insomnia, sleep apnea)
If these symptoms are left untreated, and if your body continues to lose ground from a vitamin D standpoint, you could find yourself facing any one of the following critical health issues:
- Certain cancers
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Periodontal disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Factors for Women
While anyone can suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, certain women are at greater risk of acquiring the condition, including those who:
- Adhere to a strict vegan diet
- Are elderly
- Are pregnant
- Are obese
- Do not get enough sun exposure every day
- Live at high altitudes
- Suffer from lactose intolerance or dairy allergies
- Suffer with chronic diseases
One of the Best Things You Can Do for You
Taking care of your health and your body should be your number one priority. One of the best things you can do if you suspect vitamin D deficiency is to talk to our team about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT is a safe and natural way to help return balance to your hormones.
Learn more about our experienced hormone replacement doctors and how we can help you by contacting our Gilbert, Arizona, medical team today. Schedule an appointment online or call our office today at 480-525-7747.