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  1. I have personal experience on the differences adding vitamin D as a regular supplement. As a 40 something woman with Lupus, I have experienced a lot of back and joint pain. Although not all, much of it is due to Vitamin D deficiency. I can not get the natural D due to Lupus affecting my ability to be in the sun. Introducing this a couple years ago has helped so much. I experience a lot less annoying nagging aches. I think it has also greatly helped my immunity as well.
    I appreciate this article as reinforcement fo the value of this important supplement. I enjoy following your site!

    • Christina,
      I appreciate you sharing your story about Lupus. You have taught me something I didn’t know. I had no idea about Lupus and its connection to being out in the sun. And thus you have taught me something new about vitamin D deficiency. Thank you. Thanks for checking in, and I wish you continued good health.

  2. Hello! This is such a great article. I also do vitamin D and I was amazed at what a difference it made for me. Thanks for all this information. In peace and gratitude, ariel

  3. This is really interesting and i am glad I cam across it because I was reviewing the symptoms of deficiency, and many of them seem to apply to me…

    I never knew that the body creates vitamin D out of cholesterol, which makes me wonder if being out in the sun more, or taking supplements would reduce high cholesterol..

    I’ll be passing this info along to my wife– who is a nurse– because she also seems to have a couple of the symptoms listed.

    • Hi Craig,
      Your hunch is correct. Unless you cholesterol is abnormally high, sunshine, according to the latest scientific findings, will indeed help reduce cholesterol. In fact, doctors are recommending that everyone spends at least 30 minutes in the sun everyday as part of managing healthy cholesterol levels. That said, if your cholesterol is extremely high then you’ll also need a combination of medication and diet to stay healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease. I’m glad you found the post useful.

  4. Hi Thabo. This is great information! I bet most people would never think about a Vit D deficiency in relation to their back pain.
    Back pain is a plague in modern life.
    I hope many suffers see this article and take it to heart!

    • Hi Dianne,
      You’re right, Dianne. A lot of people don’t make the connection between Vitamin D deficiency and back pain. That’s one of the reason I wrote this post. I’m glad you found the information useful.

  5. This was an eye-opening article. Thank you for the detailed information regarding Vit D deficiency and the problems it can cause. The videos both explained a lot. I will look into a supplement, as well as a greater effort to eat foods rich in Vitamin D.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Sue, I’m glad you enjoyed the videos. I thought they were well done and did, as you say, a good job of explaining exactly what Vitamin D deficiency is. Thanks for checking in. Drop by anytime.

  6. Hello there,
    Great information..I live in Greece and i have plenty of sun but i never know to appreciate his benefits. Is something that i will have a closer look and be more grateful for the sunny hot days:)
    Really was a very informative article and i will ask you something. Even if you live in a sunny place is good to take the supplement?
    Have a good day,
    Cristina

    • Hi Cristina,
      If you live in a sunny place chances are that you can get enough Vitamin D from your multivitamins. Too much vitamin D can also be bad for you. Unless you start experiencing unexplained back pain, I think just taking your daily multivitamins, with vitamin D included, should be enough. Thanks for checking in. Enjoy the sunshine.

  7. I have always suffered from terrible back pain. It has been since I was younger to be honest and despite numerous doctors easing the pain, it has always been there to irritate me,

    I am happy I found this information as I am always looking for help with my issue.

    I will try and implement your advice here.

    Thank you

    Chris

    • Hi Chris,
      Yes, back pain never seems to really go away once you get it. Fortunately, our understanding of how the role of things like Vitamin D Deficiency play in the condition can enable us to better mitigate the effects of back pain. Thanks for checking in. I wish you luck.

  8. Hello there, Thabo.
    Thanks for such a comprehensive report on back pain and Vitamin health. You certainly got me thinking…and ultimately, will be taking positive action. It is amazing how our bodies can react to ‘lack’ and excess. What blew my mnind was the percentage related to the vitamin deficiency and the stress level – eye-opening indeed!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    I will be stalking your site too…great info all over!
    Michelle

    • Hi Michelle,
      Yes, I too was taken back when I first did the research on stress levels associated with Vitamin D deficiency. I had an idea but wasn’t aware of the severity of the stress levels. I hope that this post spreads the word about the importance of getting enough vitamin D. I’m glad that you found it useful.

  9. Your research is crucial these days. So many people are now afraid of skin cancer they do not allow the skin to do the job of making vitamin D. Do you know if vitamin D supplements are as effective in relieving the condition as being in the sun for 20 minutes?

    • Hi sheila,
      Great question. As a matter of fact vitamin D supplements are often given to people who live in parts of the world where there is little sun. This treatment has been proven to be as effective as being in the sun for 20 minutes. That said, it’s advisable to seek feedback from a doctor as too much vitamin D can also produce health problems. However, in most cases taking a daily allowance of Vitamin D supplements can benefit you if your problem is not getting enough sun.

  10. Thabo,
    I take Vitamin D daily. It was recommended by my Dr. to help heal a broken bone. I think it has helped me as I no longer suffer from any back pain.
    What do you think would be the MG a person in their 60’s should take daily.
    John

    • Hi John,
      I would consult with your doctor. That said, The Institute of Medicine establishes recommended dietary allowances for each vitamin and mineral, based on age and gender. The RDA for vitamin D for those ages 51 to 70 is 15 mcg a day, while the RDA for those older than 70 is 20 mcg a day. This is the equivalent of 600 IU for those between the ages of 51 and 70 and 800 IUs for those older than 70. I hope this helps.

  11. Remarkable post on vitamin D deficiency this is some great information, and some things I didn’t know about it. It was the only one our body doesn’t make.

    • Hi Fred,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, it is a rather interesting fact that Vitamin D is the only vitamin that our body doesn’t make. Yet a lack of this vitamin can play a big role in such matters as successful spinal fusion surgery, for example. Most fusions fail because of vitamin D deficiency. This is all the more reason people have to do everything they can, with the consultant of a doctor, to get enough Vitamin D.

  12. I just started taking Vitamin D but never thought about it helping back pain. I’ve got a couple shot discs and was born with a irregular curve to my spine so during my working life I struggled with back issues and pain. Since I no longer work the problem is not so bad but if I do not exercise and stretch, I will have issues. Very interesting article and I’m bookmarking this to come back and read all the articles you have.

    • Hi Craig,
      A lot of people have no idea about the role that Vitamin D plays in helping back pain. As I said, if you’re confined to your home, or you live in northern latitudes where there’s less sunlight, you’ll be at greater risk of low vitamin D levels. This can only worsen your condition. So if you’re suffering from unexplained back pain, it may be a good idea to have a doctor check your vitamin D levels.

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