Vitamin D Deficiency and 5 Conditions
The Sunshine Prohormone & Vitamin
Often called the “sunshine drug” Vitamin D is produced as the skin responds to sunlight activation. Sadly, low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in stage III Colorectal, lung, breast, thyroid and prostate cancers, immunity responses, mental health, and now obesity. Clinically I see Vitamin D Deficiency in nearly all of the patients I treat I therefore test for Vitamin D levels routinely in all patients.
When I test patients I request a 25-hydroxy vitamin D as this is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body. A normal range is above 30 ng/ml and I will treat below that number. Abnormal results are usually due to lack of sunlight and great adherence to sunscreen (yes we do a great job of that in Florida), not enough D in the diet, chronic kidney and liver disease (which I see a lot of in my patient population of Heroin addicts and alcoholics) plus medications such as dilantin, phenobarbital and malabsorption in gastric bypass patients.
- Immunity: In studies done on Japanese schoolchildren supplemented with Vitamin D versus placebo those supplemented with Vitamin D had 40% lower occurrence of Flu during winter months. Early treatments for TB consisted of light treatments and colds and flus are highest during winter months in Northern climates when Vitamin D levels are lowest and sunlight is shortest supporting a “seasonal stimulus”
- Cardiovascular– If your Vitamin D Levels are low, studies suggest your chances for heart disease are much greater. Men with low levels of Vitamin D are at greater risk for Heart Failure, Sudden Cardiac Death, Stroke, Cardiac Disease and more. Vitamin D is associated with the functioning of calcium which of course is linked to vascular health, blood pressure and artery health which does explain the link
- Psychiatric– Recent studies have shown a strong link between depression, fibromyalgia, bipolar and low levels of Vitamin D with symptoms improving with supplementation. Seasonal affective disorder, commonly seen in Northern countries such as Norway, Sweden, Ireland probably have higher levels of hypovitaminosis than countries located on the equator. Sadly, according to Dr James Greenblatt Vitamin D deficiency (levels less than <20 ng/ml) are regularly seen in schizophrenia, psychosis, elective mutism and anxiety.
- Orthopedic- Vitamin D is important for people with osteoporosis. Studies show that calcium and vitamin D together can increase bone density in postmenopausal women. Vitamin D also helps with other disorders associated with weak bones, like rickets.
- Endocrine – This is actually a little complicated so I will try and simplify it here – please feel free to call or text me for clarification if you need – Simply put in Type 2 Diabetes patients were found to have low levels of Vitamin D indicating to researchers that there was a possible link between low levels of Vitamin D/Type 2 Diabetes/ Pancreatic Beta Cell Function. Additionally, low levels of Vitamin D also played a part in insulin function and inflammation. Researchers think there is a “switch” in Vitamin D that that turns “on” Pancreatic Beta cells making them work to secrete Insulin. So Low Levels Vitamin D – No Beta Cell Activation – Low Levels Insulin – Increased Sugar Levels – Increased Diabetes – Increased Obesity Levels (Disclaimer – this is a VERY simplistic, translated explanation) Take away – Helps with Weight Loss
The take away from this is have your Vitamin D25 Level Checked and supplement accordingly with between 600 -800 IU Daily this is assuming that you are getting 450 IU of Vitamin D from food sources (not often easy to do). Good Vitamin D Food Sources are Salmon, Fish, Mushrooms, Eggs, Fermented Milks, Vitamin D3 Only Capsule 600 – 800 IU daily but please consult with your health care professional.
Sunlight: Get 20 – 30 Minutes of Sunlight Daily .
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