Vitamin D... more reasons to know what your level is

12 Apr 2011 4:55 PM - Latest study from the Medical Journal of Australia

A research study published in the Medical Journal of Australia on the 4th of April 2011 gave us yet another reason to pay attention to our Vitamin D level. 

The results of this study suggest that low Vitamin D may be linked to an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes in pregnancy.  This can cause complications in the pregnancy and also increases the risk that the baby will be born with less than optimal bone strength and/or low calcium.  

This would also appear to further support other population studies which have suggested that low vitamin D puts us at greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 

I have written previously on the importance of Vitamin D and its potential association with a variety of health problems. 

In my opinion, the bottom line is...next time you visit the doctor ask if you can have a vitamin D blood test.  (I think it should be like knowing your blood pressure, blood glucose or cholesterol and how they change over time). Taking into account the time of year (i.e. summer or winter) if it is less than 100nmol/L consider safely increasing your sun exposure or taking a vitamin D3 supplement (under the supervision of your health care practitioner).  This applies to men and women, young and old.  

There is more and more research being conducted on the role of vitamin D (actually it is a hormone) every month and we are really starting to learn how important it is to our long term health and immunity.

 

In good health

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne