Are You Vitamin D Deficient?
Yes! There is a high likelihood that you are! Recent studies indicate that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is much higher than previously recognized (more than 90% in patients with chronic pain, according to a recent study published by the Mayo Clinic). Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.
- Every tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors and 2000 genes are controlled by vitamin D.
- If you live north of Atlanta, you cannot absorb any vitamin D from the sun in the winter months.
- In Spring, Summer, and Fall you must get sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm to absorb vitamin D. You need 1 minimum erythemal dose (MED) of sun. 1 MED is the amount of time it takes you to get red when exposed to the sun. If it takes you 20 minutes to get a little red, stay out for 20 minutes BEFORE PUTTING ON SUNSCREEN! 30 SPF sunscreen decreases D production by 99%! A recent study showed that 87% of Australian dermatologists were vitamin D deficient.
- You cannot get enough vitamin D from eating food. High vitamin D foods are mushrooms and oily fish (farm raised salmon have no D!). Milk has only about 100 IU of D in an 8 oz glass.
- If you are obese smoke, are older than 50, take anti-seizure medication, or take anti-inflammatory medication, you have a very high likelihood of vitamin D deficiency.
- Vitamin D deficiency is related to increased inflammation. "Increased inflammation normally is found in people with obesity or chronic diseases; a small decrease in vitamin D levels may aggravate symptoms in people who are sick." Source: Science Daily
- It is not necessary to get your levels checked before you start taking vitamin D. You should get your levels checked as part of your annual physical blood work. If your doctor does not do this or won't do this - GET A NEW DOCTOR! Get a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test or Vitamin D3 test. Levels must be above 30 ng/ml year-round, in both children and adults. At least 50 ng/ml is better. Even up to 150 ng/ml is safe.
- Your levels should be above 30, better if over 50. Over 100, even as high as 200, is still safe!
- Vitamin D toxicity is EXTREMELY rare. You cannot get vitamin D toxicity by staying in the sun. You would have to ingest 10s of thousands of units per day for many months and still probably would not reach toxic levels.
- Vitamin D deficiency put you at risk for bone fracture, requiring a C-section (400% increase risk), failure to thrive (infants), osteoporosis, osteomalacia (softened bones), muscular aches and pains, MS, getting the flu, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, arteriosclerosis, heart attack (100% increase risk of dying), metabolic syndrome, diabetes, dementia, and dying (7% increased risk).
So what are you waiting for! Many of you use very poor quality and expensive D supplements you have purchased as the grocery store or vitamin store. This is the Vitamin D that Silver Spring and Georgetown chiropractor Dr. Steve Horwitz personally uses.Biotics BioDMulsionForte -
only $35.00 for a 1 year supply of 4000 IU per day!
Servings per bottle: 750 (a FULL YEAR supply!)
Contents: 1 drop = 2,000 IU of vitamin D3Children under 2:
1,000 IU/dayChildren over 2:
2,000 IU/dayAdults/Teens under 130 lb:
3000 IU/dayAdults 130 lb - 170 lb:
4000 IU/dayAdults over 170 lb:
Read more about Vitamin D at VitaminDCouncil.org.