When you go to get your physical this year, don’t forget to ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels. If you are suffering from a chronic autoimmune disease, chances are your vitamin D levels just might be next to none existent.
I had mine checked 3 years ago and was SHOCKED (I had been supplementing with vitamin D for 2 years) that my level was only 17-the normal range is between 30- 74 ng/ml, according to Livestrong.com. In retrospect, I now know why my levels were so low. Two years prior to getting my levels checked, I was only supplementing with 4oo i.u, which was recommended at that time, and I was expecting a baby. Needless to say, the baby was taking all of the supplemental vitamin D from me.
After getting my lab results back, I began to do further research on vitamin D, and was greatly surprised to find that many Americans are deficient in vitamin D, especially African Americans.
Vitamin D Deficiency-America’s Epidemic
It turns out that one of the biggest health epidemics today is vitamin D deficiency. In fact, it’s such a huge problem in America that everyone from integrative and conventional doctors to news outlets are reporting on the topic. My mother has always said, if three people are telling you the same thing, you should listen to one of them. I’m at full attention. Are you?
The Scoop on Vitamin D
Technically, vitamin D is not a vitamin, but rather a metabolic product called calcitriol. Calcitriol is a secosteroid hormone, which means that it is similar to a steroid and has an endocrine mechanism of action. Over 2000 of the genes in your body are regulated by vitamin D. Therefore a deficiency in this hormone has a tremendous impact on your health and has been linked to several diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and birth defects. In addition researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas say that there is a correlation between low serum levels of vitamin D and lupus. If you are deficient in vitamin D, let’s examine how you can restore your levels safely?
therefore, everyone should get their vitamin D levels checked during their annual physical. Moreover, you should request that your doctor give you the more accurate 25(OH)D blood test for the best results. What exactly is vitamin D and why is it so important?
Here what Dr. Oz has to say.