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