Question Of The Week: Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Pam Flores @phflores Health Guide


    Vitamin D is essential for building bones in both adolescence and young adulthood.  We need to take vitamin D throughout our lives to prevent many medical disorders.  Osteoporosis is one of those disorders, and vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium needed for good bone health.  Without this D, then calcium won't be absorbed.


    A diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other minerals along with exercise, is the best way to lower osteoporosis risk.






    How much vitamin D do you take?


    Are you getting it from the sun or diet, or from supplements? 

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    Do you have a vitamin D deficiency, and if so, are you on a therapeutic dose of D, like 50,000 IUs a week/month, or a lower amount like 1,000 IUs a day? 


    Have you had your vitamin D levels checked and how often? 


    If you are on a therapeutic dose, how long did it take to raise you 25 OH D (vitamin D level test)?


    Let us know what your individual vitamin D routine is; how you get it, how much your take, how long it's taken to raise your score, and if your osteopenia or osteoporosis is getting better because of your diligence?


    Vitamin D is crucial for good bone health and essential for our younger population to prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.  Expert's estimate that 37% of people, in the United States, are vitamin D deficient and this deficiency is a major secondary cause of osteoporosis, so we need to be diligent in having our levels checked and getting enough D along with all the other vitamins and minerals recommended for strong bones.


Published On: August 18, 2009