Our body requires a number of different nutrients to function normally. Vitamin D is one such nutrient that has a variety of different functions in the body. Women (and men) in India are surprisingly low in Vitamin D levels. This can have detrimental effects on the body, and can affect your health in the long term.
Let’s take a brief look at why this vitamin is essential, and how low levels can affect your health.
What Is Vitamin D?
Our body requires vitamins and minerals that ensure normal functioning of all the cells in the body.
Vitamin D is what is called a ‘fat soluble’ vitamin, and forms an essential component of our bones. It plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphate levels in the blood, and these are primary components of bones and teeth.
Once vitamin D is synthesized in the body, it is converting into an active hormone in order to exert its benefits.
What Are The Sources?
Vitamin D is primarily obtained from sunlight. Our skin absorbs the sunlight, and a series of different chemical reactions occur which ultimately results in the production of vitamin D. While a detailed discussion regarding how this occurs is out of the scope of this article, we thought we would include a diagram that illustrates this for those who love science!
Our bones get thinner as we get older. Osteoporosis is a common problem that is faced by many, especially women in the post menopausal age group.
In this presentation, Dr Vivek Baliga discusses a simple test that helps determine the thickness of bones and whether they are prone to fracturing.
Take a look at the presentation below.
As is very evident from the presentation, bone thickness can be affected due to a number of reasons. Dr Vivek Baliga clearly explains what can be done to keep the bones healthy. In addition to this, he also talks about how a bone mineral density test is done and how useful it is in determining whether the bones are of normal thickness or whether they are thin and weak.
Bone fractures can be very painful, and Dr Vivek clearly describes how the BMD test can help detect bone thinning early. This will help you start treatment sooner rather than later.
Frozen shoulder – do you suffer from this problem?
In our practice, we often see patients who complain of a painful shoulder joint, especially when they try to lift their arm up.
This limited movement of the shoulder is sometimes called a frozen shoulder. Here we discuss this condition in a bit more detail, touching up on what you can do to help relieve the pain.
What Is A Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is also called ‘adhesive capsulitis’.
This literally means that the cartilage capsule in the shoulder that protects the joint is very sticky and does not allow for smooth movement.
The shoulder is basically stiff and painful and is limited in movement. This can no doubt have an impact on the patient’s ability to perform their daily tasks.
What Causes A Frozen Shoulder?
There are a number of different causes that have been identified that can lead to frozen shoulder. But before we do that, let’s take a quick look at the shoulder joint. Read more