Shining a Light on Vitamin D Deficiency
Straits Clinic was founded with the core belief that health and wellness should be approached holistically and made as seamless as possible for patients. In this feature, Dr. Mak from Straits Clinic joins us to provide comprehensive insights on everything you need to know about Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is synthesised through sunlight exposure, so it’s surprising that many people in sunny Singapore are still deficient in this important vitamin. After all, the scorching sun is ever so eager to greet me each time I get my lunch from ABC Brickworks Market. In fact, more than two-thirds of the population may be deficient1. While sunlight exposure is one way to obtain vitamin D, supplementation through diet and supplements are also necessary.
The Hidden Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency
While osteoporosis is commonly related to vitamin D deficiency, it’s important to note that this essential nutrient also plays a crucial role in regulating calcium levels and promoting bone development. Additionally, vitamin D is often overlooked for its ability to improve protein function and muscle strength, which are critical for optimal physical performance. Without sufficient levels of vitamin D, your body may not be able to operate at its full potential.
Unlocking the Power of the Sun: How Vitamin D Fuels your Muscles
Research has shown that vitamin D3 deficiency leads to muscle loss and decreased muscle strength. In a study, patients with low vitamin D levels and muscle weakness were able to reverse the muscle loss and improve function by taking vitamin D supplements. Moreover, research testing of muscular strength (via one repetition maximum from free weights) found a significant improvement of 18.75% in individuals after taking vitamin D3 supplements2.
Getting Your Daily Dose of Sunshine
Given the impact of vitamin D on muscle performance, it’s important for coaches, sports dietitians, and trainers to monitor their vitamin D levels. You can naturally increase your vitamin D intake by consuming fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, as well as egg yolks and cheese. Additionally, vitamin D supplements are also great sources of this essential nutrient. It’s important to note that too much vitamin D can be toxic, so it’s always best to consult a physician for testing and supplementation advice. By understanding the importance of vitamin D and taking steps to ensure healthy levels, individuals can optimise their overall health and well-being.
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1. Ogan, D., & Pritchett, K. (2013). Vitamin D and the athlete: Risks, recommendations, and Benefits. Nutrients, 5(6), 1856–1868. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu5061856
2.Wyon, M. A., Koutedakis, Y., Wolman, R., Nevill, A. M., & Allen, N. (2014). The influence of winter vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and injury occurrence in elite ballet dancers: A controlled study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(1), 8–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2013.03.007