Prior to the last year or two, I had no knowledge of the health benefits of vitamin D or the negative consequences of not getting enough of it. More important, I never paid attention to my own vitamin D levels. That all changed yesterday when my new primary care physician emailed me about my lab results.
What my doctor was concerned about was my apparent vitamin D deficiency. The optimal level is 30-100 ng/mL. Mine was 19 ng/mL. Ouch.
He wants me on a supplement. Based on what I have been reading recently about the critical importance of vitamin D to our overall health, I’m definitely taking this advice.
If you were like me and generally ignorant about the significance of vitamin D to a healthy body, let me give you some quick hitters with links:
A major study is now underway to confirm the belief that vitamin D plays a role in the prevention of diabetes.
Even more concerning for me and perhaps other baby boomers is that vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be a risk factor for heart attack and other cardiovascular disease. Older adults with low levels of vitamin D (and there are lots of them) die from cardiovascular disease at greater rates than those with healthy vitamin D levels.
Dr. Mercola writes a lot about vitamin D on his site. This article may get your attention.
It’s hard to ignore all of this science.
Keep in mind that I am talking about vitamin D deficiency here. Other studies indicate that adults with healthy levels of vitamin D probably do not benefit from taking a supplement.
I’m not sure why my vitamin D level is low. I suspect that its because I’m not out in the sun enough during the winter. I walk outside almost everyday but that is very limited exposure. I eat a lot of vitamin D healthy food but apparently that is not enough. If my level is low, I suspect that many of you may be at risk.
So I have ordered some vitamin D3 capsules. I’ve also ordered vitamin K2 capsules because some studies show that they work together to promote cardiac health. My doc wants to re-test me in the spring.
Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, go find out and stay healthy.