VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Vitamin D keeps your bones, muscles and immune system functioning well, but many people aren’t getting enough Vitamin D to stay healthy.

WHAT CAUSES VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

There are many factors. Vitamin D deficiency is very common; half of the people in the United States are affected. It is common even in sunny states, such as Florida, possibly because people are staying indoors more, and when they are outside, they are covered up in clothes or sunscreens that prevent the skin from making adequate amounts of vitamin D. Those who are not getting sufficient sunlight exposure are at higher risk.

With the exception of fatty fish, the Vitamin D content of most foods, including fortified dairy products, is relatively low to nonexistent. Not getting enough healthy sunlight can also contribute. Those with liver or kidney conditions usually don’t convert an adequate amount of Vitamin D. Also, certain prescription drugs can threaten the body’s ability to absorb this important substance.

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Because Vitamin D is essential in Calcium absorption, those deficient in it may have compromised bone density. It’s not always apparent when you are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency, but it’s usually revealed through blood work at your physician’s office.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From 25% to 50% of those tested in clinical settings are found deficient in Vitamin D, according to studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers are studying Vitamin D for its possible connections to several medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis.

Recent evidence suggests that vitamin D may help prevent many disorders, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome, increased blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks, and even cancer. Low serum vitamin D levels are also associated with being overweight, abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome, stroke and diabetes. In addition, having lower blood vitamin D levels for a long period is associated with increased heart attacks and all-cause mortality.

PREVENTION

A healthy lifestyle and a professional grade Vitamin D supplement.

THE SYNC APPROACH

Depending on our clients’ specific needs, we often recommend a specific professional grade Vitamin D supplement, or a multi-vitamin that includes Vitamin D. We prefer to recommend supplements after we determine your total health picture, including issues, current medications and lifestyle.

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If you are looking for help with a Vitamin D deficiency, take the first step to feeling better. Talk with Angie today.

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