Vitamin D and You

Crosby Chiropractic St. Peters

Vitamin D and You

Almost 70% of North Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.
As we visit the shortest, coldest days of the year, consider getting a Vitamin D
blood test. The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test is a test that measures how much
vitamin D is in your body and is done with a blood draw. Vitamin D deficiency is
not limited to any sector of the population occuring in children and adults of all
If you are Vitamin D deficient, these health issues are silently at work:
Bone health issues – you should lay the best bone density of your life down as a
child/teen. John Hopkins experts say all children should be screened for risk
factors and to order blood tests for those found to be at high risk. Children (and
adults) at risk for vitamin D deficiency include:
 those with vitamin D deficient diets
 breast-fed infants as breast milk contains minimal vitamin D
 those with obesity
 those with darker skin (they produce less vitamin D from sun exposure)
 those with cystic fibrosis, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and gastrointestinal
disorders which can interfere with food absorption
One in ten children is estimated to be Vitamin D deficient. This deficiency in
childhood can cause skeletal deformities, brittle bones, frequent fractures and
lead to premature osteoporosis in later life.
Much of our life-long health is pre-programmed in childhood, and many adult
diseases are rooted in exposures, lifestyle and diet during the first decade of life.
Dental Health Issues – weak dental enamel has been correlated with low Vitamin
D levels. The weaker the enamel, the more cavity prone you are.
Adult Vitamin D deficiency issues may create these additional health concerns:
Joint function issues – joint pain is generally worse when Vitamin D is deficient

Unhealthy cell growth issues – Men with high levels of Vitamin D had less
unhealthy cell growth (17%) and a huge reduction in unhealthy GI cell growth
(43%). Some recent studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to
some cancers. There is a well-documented association between vitamin D intake
and the risk of breast cancer and recovery from breast cancer. Low vitamin D
intake has also been indicated in colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer, as well
as multiple myeloma.
Insulin function – as we age Vitamin D is critical in optimizing insulin function.
Diabetics of all ages also benefit from optimization of Vitamin D levels
PMS and Menopause – 700-1000 IU of Vitamin D a day reduced the risk of PMS
and menopausal symptoms
Depression – Vitamin D levels have been correlated to depression in many
studies. One study showed that after two months on Vitamin D, depressive
symptoms were significantly reduced.
Foods Rich in Vitamin D include cold water fish such as sardines, salmon and tuna,
egg yolks, Vitamin D fortified milk and orange juice, certain cereals, yogurt and
Be careful about purchasing Vitamin D over the counter and do NOT take
prescription Vitamin D2 if you can avoid it. Consumer Reports recently listed the
Vitamin D products that exceed lead allowances under the California lead
guidelines: (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/05/most-
vitamin-d-pills-measure-up-our-tests-find/index.htm. Acceptable levels are also
listed by Consumer Reports for these products:
So, for 2014 – get your Vitamin D levels tested and do so for your family also.
Talk to your doctor about supplementation if your levels are low and you should
do a better job of staying well!

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