Vitamin D Quickie and Testing

Vitamin D Quickie and Testing

The awakening of our awareness to the importance of Vitamin D is one of the biggest "medical discoveries" of my brief medical career - right up there with Ozone, StemCells, Genomics, and our Microbiome.

If you got a bathing suit quality tan yesterday - back, chest, belly, thighs, arms, legs - then you don't need Vitamin D today.

Women with low Vitamin D seem to have a 5 X increased risk of breast cancer.

Men with low D seem to double their risk of prostate cancer.

If your Vit D level is low, you may increase your risk for about 17 different cancers!

By the way, sun tan = good.  Sun burn = BAD!!!

Good, tanning sun rays = between 10 am & 2 pm.

Bad, burning sun rays = before 10 a & after 2 p.

Q: So, how much Vitamin D do I need?

A: Enough to get your Vitamin D level - your 25(OH)-D  {twenty-five hydroxy D} to AT LEAST  over 50 ng/ml.  The official range is 30 to 100 ng/ml.  Risk factors drop dramatically once you get your levels over 50.

Q: So, how much D do I need???

Well, it is possible to become toxic on Vitamin D, but you either have to be negligent or very determined.

Some folks can get their D levels over 50 ng/ml by taking 2000 IU of Vit D daily.  Some need to take 10,000 IU / day.

Q: 3rd time now, How much "D" DO I NEED?

It is reasonable to start at 5000 IU daily.  After about 3 months, you MUST get your level checked!

You can have your doctor check the level, or, you can go to Amazon and order a kit to be sent to your home.  Having just gone to Amazon, the Vitamin D test kits range in prices from just under $10.00 to $80.00.

Other afflictions that may be a result of low Vitamin D: hypertensionm, depression, obesity, fibromyalgia, dementia, diabetes, cough, cold, flu......

Bottom line, take enough Vitamin D to get your blood level over 50 ng/ml!