Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency


Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency vary across the lifespan and according to the level of deficiency (see Table 1)1-4. Amongst adolescents, severe vitamin D deficiency has been associated with muscle cramps, pain in weight-bearing joints, back and/or calves, problems walking, running and/or climbing the stairs.1

In severe cases of vitamin D deficiency this can lead to more serious health problems including osteomalacia and increased fracture risk during and after the menopause.2

Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to increased symptoms of faecal incontinence amongst women attending urogynaecology clinics.3


  1. Soliman AT, et al. (2014) Vitamin D deficiency in adolescents. Indian J Endocrinol Metab.; 18(Suppl 1): S9-S16.
  2. Galesanu C, Mocanu V (2015). Vitamin D deficiency and the clinical consequences. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi.; 119(2): 310-8.
  3. Parker-Autry CY, et al. (2014). Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased fecal incontinence symptoms. Int Urogynecol J.; 25(11): 1483-9. 
  4. de Haan K, et al. (2014). Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for infection, sepsis and mortality in the critically ill: systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care; 18(6): 660