It’s well documented that vitamin D is critical in bone remodeling but is also plays a key role in maintaining other aspects of overall health. Recent research revealed that people with higher levels of vitamin D have reduced the risk in certain cancers including:
- prostate cancer
- endometrial cancer
- skin cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- colorectal cancer
Those with decreased vitamin D levels have been linked to an increase risk for the following:
- cardiovascular disease
- autoimmune diseases
- type 1 diabetes
Increasing your vitamin D Levels
Both diet and exposure to sunlight are two ways to get vitamin D. Since the normal diet is relatively low in vitamin D, supplementation may be necessary with D3 pills which are available without a prescription.
Appropriate Test Levels
The levels for Vitamin D are as follows:
- less than 10ng/mL would be considered Deficient
- 10-30ng/mL is considered Insufficient
- 30-100mg/mL is considered Sufficient
Why Get Tested?
It is estimated that up to 50% of the population, is deficient in vitamin D and this could adversely affect their health. A simple blood test can provide the information you need to see if your are deficient in vitamin D. The test is inexpensive and you can obtain a discount lab test for under $50.
Take control of your health.
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