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8 Reasons to Test for Vitamin D

Friday is D-day at my house, vitamin D-day, that is.  I’m still working my way back from an alarmingly low blood level a few months back, so I take a cheerfully green, 50,000 IU gelcap with my lunch each Friday (remember, your body absorbs vitamin D better when you take it with a fat-containing meal, so oh, darn – chocolate might have happened today!).

If you haven’t had your vitamin D level checked lately and are looking for some info on why you should, look no further than this Huffington Post piece by integrative physician Dr. Nalini Chilkov.

Are you on top of your vitamin D?  Check out Dr. Chilkov’s article for more D-licious facts.


8 Reasons You Should Be Tested for Vitamin D

1. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of the flu and complications
of flu
. Vitamin D contributes to lowering the incidence of
infections and inflammation during the fall-winter flu season. The
Canadian government has recommended increased Vitamin D intake as part
of their flu prevention strategy, including prevention of H1N1 Swine

2. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of depression. Low
levels of Vitamin D are associated with depression. Sun exposure is
known to be a factor in relieving depression, especially winter
depression also known as seasonal affective disorder.

3. Vitamin D can reduce chronic muscle aching and pain.
Vitamin D helps to normalize blood calcium which is required for tight
shortened muscles to soften, lengthen and relax out of spasm. When
calcium is available to the muscles, menstrual cramps lessen.


4. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of cancer. Low
levels of Vitamin D are associated with increased incidence of many
cancers. Vitamin D normalizes cell to cell communication, impacts
uncontrolled cell growth and allows cells to differentiate into normal
cells with a normal life cycle.

5. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease,
stroke, heart attack and
Vitamin D has been shown to protect the lining of your blood vessels.

6. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes
by 80%
. Low levels of Vitamin D are found in diabetics.

7. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of getting autoimmune diseases
like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis,
Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Lupus.
Low levels of Vitamin D
are associated with increased auto- immune attack, breakdown of your
own tissues and loss of normal functions. Vitamin D supplementation has
been shown to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis by 40%.


8. Vitamin D can reduce your risk of bone fractures, bone loss
and osteoporosis
. Low levels of Vitamin D prevent your body
from normal calcium metabolism and normal bone formation. Both men and
women are at increased risk for bone loss and fractures as they age.

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  • Debra Rincon Lopez

    I might have a shortage of vitamin D. in my system now that I have been reading this story. I alway’s have depression in the winter time no fail? Plus I kinda have some of the other symptoms on here also. So the next thing I am going to do is have my doctor check for this. Then I will finally see if this is the case. I don’t have diabete’s yet? But, I just know I will eventually, my whole family has it. We are of American Indian decent. Our bodies weren’t programmed for all this processed food and microwave stuff? We were used to eating fish and roots and lean deer, elk, salmon. I just know this is why we all keep getting diabetes, high blood pressure, and alot of other things too. THANKS FOR THE INSIGHTFUL STORY HERE, IT’S GONNA HELP ME ALOT.

  • Connie Allen
    I totally agree to the comments about the vitamin D as I just found out in October of 2009, that my level of Vitamin D was 12. Your count should be 30+ but no more then 74 or you can get toxicity in your blood system which could be just as bad. I was put on the 50,000 IU of Vitamin D also which was by prescription, however, I was taken off of it because it was raising my calcium to high. My level was 33 and I just had it taken as of yesterday and will see my results in a few days. Apparently, most doctors were not aware that they should know what your count for vitamin d is until the doctor’s were at a seminar and it was brought to their attention at that time. I went to that doctor for over twenty years before she gave me this particular test. The test to be given is the Vitamin -D 25. There might be another one out by now but in October that was the one I was given.
    Another vitamin to bring to the attention of the doctor is the B12 which is very important for the body in so many ways. I was borderline when I ask for them to run that test. The range is from 200 to 900. You cannot get too much vitamin B12 as it will be flushed away. However, you do not want to over do it either. I had restless leg syndrome for over 20 years to where I was on prescription for it and had to take it every night. After taking 2500 mgs each day for several weeks my restless legs are gone. B12 effects the nervous system which makes sense as to why I had restless legs. Now that my B12 is normal my nervous system must be also.

  • pamela

    My grandson was taken from my married son because he had hair-line fractures in six ribs. The authories deemed child abuse. Not so, mom and baby(he is breast fed) had hardly any Vitamine D in their systems. He had brittle-bones. Fighting doctors, radiologists, and authorities only visits are allowed. A new born baby, mom sees him 2-3 hours a day. Have your Vitamin D levels checked throughout pregancy, and the doctoirs should know this. Whether gyn. or pedetricians. This is heart wrenching, and more so, MOM is a nurse!!!

  • terry

    I have been taking Vit D for awhile now,and have noticed some nice changes physically and emotionally.I am a type 2 diabetic with many other issues and always looking for a better quality of life,so i a
    nice change for me D as in Delightful!!

  • shari

    After having high calcium for 10+ years, a new Doctor suspected a bad parathyroid, tested and removed the tumorous para. My calcium level immediately dropped- so I take 1,000 calcium plus 500 vitamin D. One year post surgery, I was feeling bad again- went in and the Dr tested Vitamin D that was non existant in my system- even though I was taking 500, plus what I got in my diet. I was prescribed 50,000 units a week- pretty little green gel cap, on top of that I take at least 1,500 a day. I feel SO much better it is unbelievable!
    And to think one Dr thought and diagnossed Fibromyalgia.

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