Last year, a study was conducted by Metropolis Healthcare on Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) to observe the deficiency and sufficiency of vitamins within the inhabitants across India. It was found that 75% of the population had alarming levels of deficiency.
Vitamin deficiency is not a new concern for Indians. In fact, the govt. has launched many programs years back to fight the condition, especially in the rural areas.
Explaining more about the study, Dr. Sonali Kolte, General Manager, Medico Marketing, told TOI, “Indians have a lethargic attitude towards Vitamins. Vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly over several months to years. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are usually vague muscle/joint pain, weakness, bone pain, tiredness, fatigue or even depression. Nowadays it is observed that people who are deficient in Vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh. Early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent health related problems.”
In an analysis of over 14, 96,683 patients who underwent Vitamin tests, it was found that:
– 81.28% of all samples tested were deficient in Vitamin D.
– 21.02% of all samples tested were deficient in Vitamin B12.
– 15.06% of all samples tested were deficient in Vitamin -B9.
Now, let’s talk about these vitamins one by one.
Sun is the direct source of Vitamin D which is extremely important for our bones. It’s also affects the development of our muscles, heart, lungs and brain. Apart from this, Vitamin D manages calcium in our blood, bones and gut and helps cells all over the body to communicate properly. The deficiency of this vitamin leads to weak bones, rickets, tooth decay, kidney stones, muscle weakness and poor absorption of calcium.
Vitamin B12 regulates the functions of the brain and nervous system. Its deficiency causes body weakness, apathy, memory loss, acidity, loss of weight, nausea and vomiting, anaemia, mental confusion, delusions, paranoia, respiratory symptoms, hives and other symptoms of allergy. In the worst case, it can also lead to heart attack. Most of the elderly people who suffer from its shortage develop Alzheimer.
Humans get their Vitamin B12 from animal products like meat, fish, poultry, eggs and also dairy items. Since most Indians are vegetarians, the deficiency of this vitamin is a common concern here.
Vitamin B9, commonly known as folate or folic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is part of the B vitamin family. It helps in bodily functions like synthesis of DNA, RNA, and repair aiding rapid cell division and growth, and producing healthy red blood cells. Doctors suggest that during pregnancy, women must get enough folic acid in their bodies in order to prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain or spine (neural tube defects, including spina bifida and anencephaly). In general, a lack of Vitamin B9 causes symptoms like headache, nausea, irritability, fatigue, acne, sore tongue, and cracks at the corner of the mouth. Some advanced stages have revealed symptoms like loss of memory, restricted growth of the brain and nerves, paranoia, weakness, and skin cracking.
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