Symptoms and Diagnosis

About Vitamin D deficiency - Symptoms and diagnosis

How is vitamin D deficiency diagnosed?

Vitamin D deficiency can be confirmed with a simple blood test – or your doctor may decide to treat or offer some lifestyle advice based on your symptoms and whether you are in at ‘at-risk’ group.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can include:

  • Muscle weakness and painful bones
  • A general sense of being unwell
  • Feeling tired
  • Vague aches and pains

Children with vitamin D deficiency can experience

  • Poor growth
  • Tooth decay
  • A condition known as Rickets (a condition where bones can start to bow)

Vitamin D deficiency is not unusual

Research shows that just over 1 in 10 people in Europe have vitamin D levels that are considered to be too low for good bone health. These figures are much higher in winter time.

If you or your child are experiencing some of these symptoms or fall into one of the ‘at-risk’
groups described, it is advisable to see a doctor or nurse and discuss your symptoms.