No Sun…No Vitamin D
Where does the time go? So quickly the long sunny days of summer have passed, now we look beyond to the wonderful holiday season, the snow falling, football playoffs success or failure and the longing for longer days. However, the shorter days can impact our health and mental well-being. The sun on our skin helps us convert cholesterol into the hormone Vitamin D3. It has long been known that therapeutic levels of Vitamin D3 can successfully alleviate the symptoms of Season Affective Disorder, more commonly called the “winter time blues”.
The hormone Vitamin D3 has been studied extensively in recent years. There is compelling research that indicates the importance of this hormone in decreasing the risk of illness and disease:
- National Institute of Health (NIH) researches have concluded that low levels of Vitamin D3 are associated with an increased risk of developing pneumonia.
- Another study demonstrated that low levels of Vitamin D3 are associated with metabolic syndrome which is characterized by abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides and low HDL levels.
- A study published in March 2015 indicates that low levels of Vitamin D3 are associated with increased colon cancer risk in both men and women.
- When researches evaluated 707 post-menopausal women, low Vitamin D3 levels were associated with increased breast cancer risk.
The data is flowing in and just the small samples of studies above emphasizes the many protective benefits of a properly optimized Vitamin D3 level.
Now is a good time to have your levels tested and get started on a comprehensive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement program that includes optimizing Vitamin D3 levels. The benefits of optimized hormone levels are many for both men and women.