Take Vitamin D! (unless you work outside with few clothes on)

July 29th, 2010 by peterson@foresight.org

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Unless you’re a lifeguard, the odds are extremely high that you need to take Vitamin D:http://nyti.ms/9XTfwQ. We’ll discuss dosage at the conference, since this NYT article and quite possibly your MD set the desired level too low.  From the NYT:

Studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosisType 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Most people in the modern world have lifestyles that prevent them from acquiring the levels of vitamin D that evolution intended us to have. The sun’s ultraviolet-B rays absorbed through the skin are the body’s main source of this nutrient. Early humans evolved near the equator, where sun exposure is intense year round, and minimally clothed people spent most of the day outdoors.

“As a species, we do not get as much sun exposure as we used to, and dietary sources of vitamin D are minimal,” Dr. Edward Giovannucci, nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health, wrote in The Archives of Internal Medicine.

Of all the supplements that I hear recommended, this is the one that seems the hardest to argue with.  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

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