November 28th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Many elderly individuals lack vitamin D, which can lead to a variety of symptoms. Also known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is primarily manufactured in the body after exposure to sunlight. It is difficult for a healthy person to have enough exposure to sunlight to have enough of the sunshine vitamin in his or her body, but when an individual is too ill to spend time outside, they are more likely to have a deficiency of this vitamin.
What are the five most common signs of a Vitamin D deficiency?
Sign 1: Bone Pain
Our elderly clients may experience bone pain from having a deficiency of the sunshine vitamin. This deficiency symptom is often not recognized by home care professionals because elderly individuals have other health problems such as arthritis.
Sign 2: Loss Of Hair
When an elderly client is losing a lot of hair from the scalp, this can indicate a deficiency Vitamin D. This symptom is also difficult to notice because older male clients and some female clients experience hair loss as a natural part of the aging process.
Sign 3: Slow Natural Healing
The sunshine vitamin helps the body to recover after surgery or an injury. A senior citizen may have a surgical incision that heals slowly because he or she isn’t exposed to enough sunlight. By increasing sunlight exposure, it is often possible for wounds to heal faster.
Sign 4: Muscular Pain
While some elderly individuals suffer from muscular problems that cause pain in the arms, neck or legs, it is also possible for a vitamin deficiency to cause muscular discomfort. By making sure that a senior citizen is exposed to sunlight for 20 minutes each day, it is possible to reduce muscular pain.
Sign 5: Depression
A lack of sunlight can lead to depression in elderly clients. A physician can perform a blood test to determine if an elderly individual isn’t receiving enough sunlight exposure. In addition to spending more time outside, it is possible to reduce the symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency with foods such as salmon, cheese and eggs.
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