April 6, 2011

Vitamin D

Vitamin D should be an important part of your diet and daily supplements. Vitamin D is important for many body functions, and its deficiency is linked to all sorts of diseases including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Vitamin D has been linked to obesity, and although the connection isn't totally clear, one study showed that patients with adequate Vitamin D lost .5 lbs more than patients with inadequate Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D, in conjunction with calcium and sunlight, helps to properly assimilate food and regulate normal blood sugar levels.

What you can do:
1. Take a supplement. The current RDI is 600iu.
2. Get out in the sun. In the summer, 15 minutes of mid-day sun exposure will provide the recommended value.
3. Eat foods high in Vitamin D.
4. Get tested. Ask Dr. Crockett if he recommends a Vit D test to be added to your blood work. If your levels are low, he may want you to take a high dose Vit D prescription.

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