Vitamin D – The Forgotten Hormone
WHY IS VITAMIN D IMPORTANT?
Vitamin D regulates the function of a variety of tissues; in fact there are specific vitamin D receptors in almost every tissue of the body.
In addition to maintaining healthy calcium levels, vitamin D regulates hormone secretion and supports a robust immune system.
From the prevention of certain cancers to lowering elevated blood pressure, vitamin D is essential for maintaining optimal health and decreasing the risk of disease.
RISK FACTORS FOR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Living north of the 35° latitude
Inflammatory bowel disease
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and bone fractures
Cancers including breast, prostate, and colon
Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Facial hair and acne
Lowered resistance to influenza and viruses
Pain and muscles aches
WHY SHOULD I TEST?
Most people spend the majority of their time indoors where there is no sunlight, resulting in low vitamin D levels.
Optimal vitamin D levels are essential for bone health, hormone balance and a sense of well-being.
Symptoms of deficiency can be generalized are are often overlooked.
Be proactive and identify vitamin D deficiency early.
Monitor vitamin D levels after supplementation.
THE 35° RULE
Living north of the 35° parallel significantly increases the likelihood of insufficient vitamin D levels dues to the angle of the sun in the sky. Low vitamin D levels are linked to increased risk of osteoporosis, brittle bones, psoriasis, cancer and heart disease. Many symptoms of vitamin D deficiency appear only after the deficiency has existed for many years. The first sign of vitamin D deficiency can be a fracture from a modest fall.