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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Brighter Futures With Vitamin D

Vitamin D may be a key to healthier, more active aging. Vitamin D plays a role in bone, muscle, immune, and heart health. Research also suggests it may help protect against osteoporosis, certain autoimmune diseases, and other serious conditions. One recent study in elderly subjects showed an association between higher circulating vitamin D levels and greater long-term health and physical function.

Nearly 3 out of 4 adults and teens may be not be getting enough of the "sunshine" vitamin. Deficiency risk increases with age, skin pigment, and limited sunlight exposure, and is also associated with diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disease or other gastrointestinal disorderssuch as fat malabsorption. Current daily intake recommendations (600 IU) are primarily based on bone health, and it has been suggested that higher levels may be necessary to maintain physical function, muscle strength, and other health functions. Those with diagnosed deficiencies may require daily doses of up to 5,000 IU.

A good source of vitamin D may be hard to find. Our bodies manufacture vitamin D3 when skin is exposed to the suns ultraviolet-B rayswhich can be blocked by both windows and sunscreen. And vitamin D is found naturally only in a few foods (e.g., fish, eggs). Thats why products like milk are vitamin D-fortified. Dietary supplements are often recommended, but vary in quality and may not include D3, which may be 3 times more potent than D2. The supplement form (e.g., liquid, tablet) and manufacturing may also influence absorption potential. That's why its just as important with this "basic" vitamin to seek higher quality for maximum benefits.

Call the office today to set up an appointment to discuss your potential need for quality vitamin D supplementation at an appropriate dose.

Note: Too much vitamin D can cause abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood and eventually damage bones, soft tissues, and kidneys. It's important to monitor vitamin D levels in the blood with any high dose supplementation.

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