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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
  • Dark Skin

  • Aging

  • Obesity

  • Pollution

  • Living north of the 35° latitude

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Sunscreen use

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
  • Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and bone fractures

  • Cancers including breast, prostate, and colon

  • Hypertension

  • Heart disease

  • Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome

  • Depression

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Facial hair and acne

  • Migraines

  • 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.


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