Vitamin D Deficiency in Men

Vitamin D Deficiency in Men

Vitamin D or the sunshine vitamin is one of the most significant nutrients a body needs. It influences and impacts a large number of bodily functions and conditions. This is the only vitamin which body produces under sunlight. Vitamin D plays an acute role in overall health.

Why this nutrient is most important in a man’s health is due to the effect it inflicts on testosterone levels. A vitamin D deficient man will have a lower testosterone count. Vitamin D and testosterones are directly related.

So what exactly is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, that gets absorbed through the small intestine with dietary fat and is stored in the body tissues. Unlike other water-soluble vitamins, Vitamin D stays in the body for longer so if taken in excess can cause toxicity.

Vitamin D can be introduced to your body through dietary sources such as milk and other dairy products, eggs, fish and not-so-tasty and stinky cod liver oil. Sun is the best source considered to host Vitamin D in the body, as it exposes the body to UV rays which in result naturally produce vitamin D.

Impact of Vitamin D on men’s testosterone and estrogen levels

Men with inadequate levels of vitamin D levels are shown to have lower levels of the hormone called ‘testosterone’ as compared to those with adequate levels. Testosterone plays a pivotal role in maintaining muscle strength and libido in men. This wonder hormone ramps up your potential for muscle-building speeds up metabolism for weight loss and boosts fertility.

Vitamin D also impacts a man’s estrogen on so many levels. Vitamin D regulates a male’s reproduction, maintains a healthy balance of calcium and increase bone health. It is essential for signaling estrogen in the body to ensure a good sperm count.

Male estrogen (estradiol) balances testosterone levels by enhancing brain, bone, and sexual health. Estrogen and testosterone have a very significant relationship. In overweight or obese men, the estrogen levels rise and create an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen resulting in excess weight gain, loss of muscle strength, libido and mood swings.

These reasons back the alarming rate of prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases in men worldwide. So, by fulfilling body’s Vitamin D needs all such issues will be avoided.

Where Does Vitamin D come from?

Sun exposure is an excellent source for getting natural and ample vitamin D. But do you know how this process takes place? How can a ray of sunlight feed you vitamin D? Fascinating eh? When the ultraviolet rays hit your skin, the cholesterol found in your skin absorbs it and converts to vitamin D for the body to use.

The other sources of vitamin D are the supplements you intake and the daily routine diet that you follow. Go and a peek inside your pantry to notice how many vitamin D enriched food products do you entertain on a daily basis.

Your gut transfers the vitamin D from food or supplementary sources towards the liver where it is activated by transformation. Vitamin D enrich foods include fish, dairy products, fortified cereals, citrus fruits, and juices etc.

Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency

The most pivotal role Vitamin D plays in the body is keeping immune function intact and strong so you are capable of combating viruses, infections, and bacteria to overcome any kind of ailment. Some of the very symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are mentioned below.

  • Grogginess and Chronic Fatigue
  • Back and Joint Pain
  • Impaired healing of wounds
  • Depression
  • Low Bone Density
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Low immunity

 

 

 

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

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