New special for the month of March – see end of this article!
Recently I read an article on WebMD.com called “10 Nutrients You May Be Missing.” [See first link below.] It was an excellent article. Vitamin D was the nutrient that most interested me – because mine has been low for quite some time. When we first started testing patients for Vitamin D at Cordova Medical Clinic, I tested mine out of curiosity. I expected good results: I eat a pretty healthy diet, and I get a fair amount of sunshine. (10 minutes a day to arms, legs, and face can allow your body to produce enough.) Normal levels are 32-60. My level was only 11! A lot of the CMC staff checked their levels. Most were deficient, except for a few younger ladies who frequent the tanning beds (not a healthy option, but that’s another article).
Why should I care that my levels were low? Vitamin D deficiency can increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cause severe asthma in children, cause bones to weaken and muscles to function poorly. There is also initial evidence that inadequate Vitamin D can increase risk of some cancers: prostate, colon, and breast. And although causality has not been established, Vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity.
I took booster supplements for two months, then began taking 2000 IU daily. In the past, researchers thought people only needed about 400-800 IU daily, but many researchers are now suggesting much higher doses. After a few months, my level was better, 28. So I took booster doses for another month, then went on 5000 IU daily, prescribed by my internist (yes, doctors don’t always treat themselves). When I rechecked my level, it was still under 32, so I added another 10,000 IU weekly. My last check was only 30! For some reason, my body seems to absorb Vitamin D poorly, or it metabolizes it too quickly. Now I’m on a very large dose, and I hope my next lab check will show something much better! (Vitamin D can be toxic, so very large doses should only be taken in conjunction with a doctor’s prescription and frequent blood level checks.)
If you’d like to learn more about Vitamin D, start with the link to NIH (National Institutes of Health) below. And if you’d like your Vitamin D level checked, come see us at Cordova Medical Clinic.
Now through March 31st, 2014 buy one shot, get another of same value free! (Limit one per week.) We have B-12, Lipo, and VitaChrom. You may choose to get a double shot for the price of one, or you may save the second shot for a future visit. Your choice!