What is Vitamin D and what does it do?

If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods — including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks — and in fortified dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Vitamin D these days is a very important nutrient, as research links it to numerous health benefits. Studies suggest vitamin D may go beyond its well-established role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancer, heart diseases and more.

Studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and arthritis. Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all but a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone, shown to influence about 10 percent of all the genes in your body. We now know this is one of the primary reasons it can impact such a wide variety of diseases, including:

Cancer

Hypertension

Heart disease

Autism

Obesity

Rheumatoid arthritis

Diabetes 1, 2

Multiple Sclerosis

Crohn’s disease

Flu

Colds

Tuberculosis

Septicemia

Aging

Psoriasis

Eczema

Insomnia

Hearing lossex

Muscle pain

Cavities

Periodontal disease

Athletic performance

Macular degeneration

Myopia

Pre eclampsia

Seizures

Fertility

Asthma

Cystic fibrosis

Migraines

Depression

Alzheimer’s disease

Schizophrenia

Having low vitamin D levels can contribute to mild weight gain. Previous research has already showed that obese individuals tend to have low vitamin D levels. Women who had insufficient levels of vitamin D gained about two pounds more compared to those with adequate blood levels of vitamin D.

Ask our doctors to check the Vitamin D level in your blood if you plan to visit us and if it’s low the physician can prescribe it for you.

Vitamin D Med-Ped

Sunlight is the best and only natural source of vitamin D

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Dhalia Al Saidi Medical Office Coordinator As a medical office coordinator, I develop and maintain computerized record management systems to store and process data such as organization of the Electronic Medical Records and dealing with the prescription refill requests for patients. I also research and update the contents of the weight loss website www.LoseWeightDailyMD.com and healthy education materials for our patients.

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