Vitamin D is a hormone that our body produces in the skin with the help of sunlight. This is why it is also called the «sunshine vitamin».
This hormone is primarily important for healthy bones and muscles. It is also said to have a positive influence on cardiovascular, metabolic or immunological processes.
While a healthy body usually produces sufficient vitamin D in summer, a deficiency can occur in winter and in chronic diseases. Symptoms include bone pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, but also depressive moods and infection
A blood test can tell whether you have a vitamin D deficiency. There are different options and preparations for treatment. It is best to talk to your doctor directly.
By Michel Wenger, Medical Director, Centramed Basel Aeschen