Monday, 9 November 2009

Our Vitamin D Test Results Are In....

Hi everyone,

Just realized how long it has been since I last posted. :-(

We were away on holiday in Scotland for two weeks in September (a lot went on just prior to, during and after, which meant the use of lots of EFT and Reiki, which I'll post about in the next few days/weeks) and when things did finally settle down again, I just couldn't get myself back into the groove again.

But hopefully I'm back in blogging mode so should make some more frequent updates as time goes by.

Today I found out that in Canada, in 2007, the Vitamin D Society had declared November as "Vitamin D Awareness Month", and had considered 2006 as "The Year of Vitamin D". Back in August I wrote a post on Vitamin D and how the Other Half and I had decided to get our levels tested and here is the update.

The OH got his test stuff through quite quickly, but I had to wait quite a while as there had been a problem with filling in the online questionnaire. However, an email soon got it sorted and before too long both the OH and myself were in possession of our first set of test results from Grass Roots Health D-Action.

They were actually a bit better than I had anticipated - Dr John Briffa had first tested at 15ng/ml, and then at 31ng/ml after some supplementation as he mentioned in his blog post and I thought we might be about the same.

As it happens, the OH was 28ng/ml, and I was 24ng/ml. Although still quite low and a long way from the optimal figure, we were pleased we weren't too low as deficiency does seem to equate with any number of nasty disease conditions.

So now we both have our base levels, and the fact that the OH had better levels than me, despite shunning the sunlight, suggests that the cod liver oil capsules and the fish he's been eating have helped to elevate his status somewhat. As we have had a lousy summer, having been promised a BBQ summer that turned into a damp squib, I haven't been able to get out into the sun as much as I would have liked, and I'm not so good at remembering to supplement.

We are now taking 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 once a week and we'll have a re-test in the spring to see how things are going.

Just recently Dr Briffa posted about the benefits of vitamin D to significantly reduce the risk of death from strokes. Dr William Davis has a post in his Heart Scan blog "What is a healthy vitamin D blood level?" and has this to say:

"... it is reasonable to extrapolate that the ideal vitamin D blood level likely lies somewhere above 50 ng/ml. We also know that vitamin D toxicity (i.e., hypercalcemia) is virtually unheard of until vitamin D blood levels approach 150 ng/ml, and even then is inconsistent. The health benefits of vitamin D supplementation are so tremendous, that I am not willing to wait for the prospective data to explore this question fully. For now, I aim for a blood level of vitamin D of 60-70 ng/ml (150-175 nmol/L)."

He also mentions a new study about vitamin D supplementation reducing insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, one of the reasons for our interest as the OH has type 2 diabetes.

The growing research on the connection with vitamin D levels and the risk of various cancers, especially breast cancer is of particular interest to me, as I am going through the menopause on the way to Cronehood. The older one gets the more the the risk increases so I want to be pro-active.

It is also particularly interesting that doctors are now starting to use vitamin D in the fight against cancer, and at the higher supplemental rate ("Dr. O'Connor says some breast-cancer patients have such low stores of the nutrient that they need to embark on a crash course of taking up to 50,000 IU a week for several months to bring up their levels. Other patients whose starting levels aren't so poor take a few thousand IU a day. She also monitors blood levels to make sure people don't get too much.")
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As we are now in the coughs, cold and flu season, and there is plenty of research to show that vitamin D can help the immune system to fight off any infection, that is yet another reason to try and ensure optimal levels of this vital substance. We are aiming for 50 - 70ng/ml. Wonder how we'll get on?


Bright Blessings,

Karen


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