In a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Dr. Kristin Skinner reported her findings that breast cancer patients had significantly lower levels of vitamin D compared to the control group.
In other words, vitamin D deficiency was more than twice as common in women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
As we have discussed before, optimal levels of vitamin D is greater than 30ng/mL. Most institutions and medical practices recommend levels above 40ng/mL.
As you know, vitamin D is produced by the skin with exposure to sunlight. It can also be absorbed through foods and supplements.
People living in northern states generally have low levels of vitamin D because of the lack of exposure to sunlight. Low levels of vitamin D are also found in some individuals who protect their skin by wearing full clothing and sunscreen.
It is very important for both men and women individuals to have their vitamin D levels checked. Do you know your vitamin D levels? Be sure to ask your doctor to order the appropriate blood work to check your vitamin D levels.
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Age-related macular (AMD) degeneration is commonly responsible for the loss of vision (blindness) in older adults. The loss of vision occurs in the middle of the visual field (where the macula is located).
In a recent study published in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, it was found that women who consumed the most amount of vitamin D (via food or supplements) had a 59% less chance of developing early AMD.
The researchers did not find any relationship between the time spent in direct sunlight and early AMD. This is good because although spending time in the sun will increase vitamin D levels, it increases the chances of skin cancer and increase skin aging.
As you know from our previous discussion, the level of vitamin D can be increased via foods and supplements or from direct sunlight which helps our body produce its own vitamin D.
Previously, we have listed the many benefits of adequate vitamin D levels in our body. Now you can add the prevention of early AMD to the many benefits of having normal vitamin D levels.
It is now known that many Americans have low levels of vitamin D in their body. Be sure to have your doctor check your serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
At Pristine Laser Center, we can have your vitamin D levels checked and if low, can start therapy. Contact us today for more information.
Vitamin D is a key component of healthy, beautiful skin. As mentioned earlier, it is vital for normal bone growth and health, a healthy immune system, and most importantly in the function and wellness of our biggest organ, the skin. Most of us think of our skin as dead. Every single skin cell begins its life at the basal layer of the epidermis. As it migrates upwards towards the top, it undergoes many changes in form and function. The rate of which these cells divide and move to the surface are controlled by various things including Vitamin D. It is estimated that the skin on our body loses about 40,000 cells every minute. If our body does not have the proper vitamins and nutrients to replace these cells, our skin becomes think and fragile and will start to sag.
Free radicals produced by our own body and from the environment also damage the skin by destroying it's structural support, decreasing elasticity, and resilience. Vitamin D serves as an anti-oxidant, fighting the free radicals to keep the skin healthy.
As mentioned before, sun exposure is the major source of Vitamin D production by the skin. But due to UV-blocking sunscreen and our indoor living, most of us lack the proper amount of Vitamin D. It is estimated that 75% of us are deficient in Vitamin D.
There are skincare products available on the market that contain Vitamin D. There are also Vitamin D supplements available. The best way to know if our body has the proper amount of Vitamin D is a blood test which checks for levels of Vitamin D.
If you are interested in having your Vitamin D levels checked, Pristine Laser Center can help. Call us today at 407-494-0404 for an appointment.
One of the vitamins responsible for building stronger bones is Vitamin D. Although we obtain some Vitamin D from our food intake, most of the Vitamin D in our system is made by our body. However, sunshine is needed for Vitamin D production.
Our skin is responsible for Vitamin D production and naturally it won’t produce more than we need. That means we need regular and constant exposure to sunshine for Vitamin D production. Foods such as milk and fish do not provide as much as Vitamin D as sunshine. Therefore it is very important not to be underexposed to the sun.
Laboratories are now able to measure blood levels of Vitamin D. Your doctor can order a test known as 25-hydroxy-Vitamin D levels. Normal levels are between 30-100 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Levels between 15ng-30ng is considered insufficient. Levels less than 15ng is considered deficient.
Recent studies have shown that more than half of children have either insufficient or deficient levels of Vitamin D. Although large studies have not been done in adults, it is very much expected that a significant number of adults have insufficient or deficient levels of Vitamin D.
Therefore, the next time you see your doctor, get your blood level of Vitamin D checked. Levels between 30ng-100ng is normal. If your levels are lower, you should supplement with at least 1000 IU per day of Vitamin D. If you have osteopenia or osteoporosis, those levels should be higher and you should also take a Calcium supplement.
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