Monday Encouragement: Get More Vitamin D

March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

 

Tip of the week: Get More Vitamin D

A recent study in the European Journal of Endocrinology showed that men with low levels of vitamin D, over the age of 40, were significantly more likely to have low free testosterone than men with the highest vitamin D. In addition, those with lower vitamin D were more likely to be overweight or obese, were less physically active, had poorer physical function, and had the greatest incidence of depression. They were also more likely to have diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

There was a strong seasonal correlation between the winter and the lowest levels of vitamin D. During this time of year, it is best make sure your vitamin D levels are sufficient. If you have noticed more carb cravings, loss of strength or energy, or a decrease in motivation, there is a good chance that your levels have dropped into the lower ranges.

Supplementing with 5,000-10,000 IU’s is a sufficient dose for most people if taken with Vitamin K.   If you are on a moderate to high dose and are still symptomatic, give us a call and we can look into further optimizing your levels.

For more tips and ideas, please call us at (843) 577-8484 or email Dr. Mickey Barber at mbarber@cenegenics-carolinas.com.

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