The Question: Do stay at home moms have a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency?
The Answer: It’s complicated. Let’s make it simple by taking the big picture and breaking it down into individual elements or factors. The more you know the better equipped you are to handle challenges.
NOTE: NEVER DIAGNOSE YOURSELF. IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY THAN CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
What is Vitamin D deficiency?
A vitamin D deficiency is when your body is lacking or low on the necessary level of vitamin D your body needs. A vitamin D deficiency is also referred to as osteomalacia in adults and rickets in children. This can be dangerous.
What are the Health Risks of Being Low on Vitamin D?
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
- Heart Disease
- High blood pressure
What are the Symptoms of Being Low on Vitamin D?
- Muscle weakness
- Bone Pain
- Softening of Bones
- Sweating of the scalp
- Gut conditions and bowl problems
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Restless sleep
- Weight gain
What are the Health Benefits of Having Balanced Levels of Vitamin D? Get full list at medicinenet.com
- Decreases inflammation
- Reduces risk of allergies in children and young adults
- Decrease in cavities a staggering 47%
- Helps depression thus improving mood
- Decreases chance for certain cancers
- Reduces risk of osteoarthritis
How Do We Get Vitamin D aka the Sunshine Drug?
1. Sunshine! If you don’t get out of the house enough this might be something to think about. Alaska has the highest rate of suicide and it is commonly attributed to the cloudy weather. Most people in Alaska don’t get adequate sunshine which causes depression and in extreme cases can lead to suicide. The professionals say the average person needs about 10 minutes of exposure to sunlight mid day without sunscreen. Remember if your covered up your skin you can’t absorb vitamin D so grab your shorts and a tank.
2. Food. It is impossible to get all the vitamin D you need from food alone. Foods that are high in vitamin D range from fish to whole grain cereals.
3. Supplements. Don’t guess how much you need. Go to your doctor who will test your level of vitamin D and access what your system needs. This intensive therapy could dramatically improve your energy level and mood. If you suspect you might be low on vitamin D always make an appointment to see your primary care doctor before starting any treatment.
So the question of the hour. Do Stay at Home Moms Have a Higher Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency?
There are three factors to consider when calculating your risk.
1. Location. Depending on where you live and the common weather for the area your risk can vary. If you live in an area that does not get long hours of sunshine or has a shorter summer cycle than your chances of absorbing enough sunshine decrease. If you live in an area that does not get a lot of sunshine then it might be wise to ask your doctor to test your levels of vitamin D.
2. Life Style. It can be easy as a stay at home mom to stay in the house. It is obvious that if you work from home your usually indoors quite often. However you can lower your risk by making a routine of being active and getting your children and yourself out doors daily. Making an effort and being consistent could pay off big time!
3. The Season. The winter months make it more difficult to get the sunshine your body needs. Even on sunny days the cold wind is a deterrent from getting outside. Also usually when you do go outside during the winter months you are bundled up in an attempt to stay warm covering your skin thus not allowing your body to absorb vitamin D. During the winter months it is also a good idea to discuss with your physician supplements and how they might improve your health.
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