Aches and pains could be a worrying sign of winter deficiency – when to see a doctor


Vitamin deficiencies can wreak havoc on our health, particularly in the winter months. Though aches and pains may be associated with the cold weather and corresponding cold and flu season, they might also be a symptom of a vitamin deficiency.

Mr Kristian said: “We advise to pay attention to Vitamin D intake all year round, largely due to the English weather and also our nature of working inside a lot of the time.

“Our body makes Vitamin D by itself, but only after skin is exposed to sufficient sunlight which every person in the UK is lacking currently.”

However, knowing whether or not your aches and pains are a symptom of a vitamin D deficiency will likely require a visit to your GP.

Should you begin to notice persistent muscle weakness or aches, bone pain, low energy and recurring illness, Ms Lenherrof advises requesting a blood test.

r Kristian said: “Supplements are a great way to consume the advised amount of Vitamin D and help prevent deficiency.

“This can be through multivitamin tablets or pure Vitamin D tablets to be taken daily with food to increase the rate of absorption. The NHS advises on taking 10 micrograms a day.”

However, for those who do decide to boost their vitamin D levels with supplements, Ms Lenherrof says it is vital you do not take too high of a dosage.

She said: “There is a risk of over supplementing with Vitamin D, and at high levels, vitamin D can be toxic.”

According to the NHS, overconsumption can lead to hypercalcaemia – a condition that occurs when too much calcium builds up in the body. Over time this can weaken the bones, as well as damaging the kidneys and heart.

Luckily, there are other natural ways to boost levels of the “sunshine vitamin”.

Mr Kristian said: “Vitamin D does naturally occur in foods such as oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel), red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals.”



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