Vitamin D

Vitamin D, It Changes Everything

Vitamin D regulates the function of a variety of tissues. In fact there are specific Vitamin D receptors in almost all the tissues in our bodies. In addition to maintaining healthy calcium levels, Vitamin D also regulates hormone secretion, and keeps the immune system robust. From the prevention of certain cancers to the lowering of blood pressure in someone with hypertension, Vitamin D is essential for maintaining optimal health, and/or healing some diseases.

Low Vitamin D is associated with the following conditions:

  • Osteoporosis and osteomalacia (fractures)
  • Cancers; including breast, prostate and colon
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Facial hair and acne
  • Migraines
  • Lowered resistance to influenza and viruses
  • Pain and muscle ache

Risk factors for Vitamin D deficiency:

  • Dark skin- produces less Vitamin D than lighter skin living North of 35 degrees latitude
  • Aging- less Vitamin D conversion with age
  • Sunscreen- using SPF 8 reduces production of Vitamin D by 95%
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease- reduces Vitamin D absorption
  • Obesity- Vitamin D is easily stored in the body, being absorbed directly into fat cells from the intestine
  • Low Estrogen levels

Check your Vitamin D levels with a simple Blood Drop test. Review the results with your doctor and determine together a Vitamin D supplementation program that is best for you. We offer both oral and intramuscular injection forms of supplementation.

We can help. Schedule your appointment today (202) 298-9131.

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