Improve your health by discovering the numerous benefits of Vitamin D, while warding off the potential risks associated with deficiencies of this nutrient. Besides reducing the risks for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers and all-cause mortality. Similarly, a deficiency of Vitamin D has been correlated to increases in the likelihood of these risks, especially in the elderly.
Blood work will indicate if you have a Vitamin D deficiency and need to take action to increase its levels in your body. At the biostation, we’re experienced in performing this blood work, along with creating individualized plans for supplementation of this important vitamin.
Increased Cancer Risks and Recovery
Vitamin D proves to be highly effective in apoptosis, the stimulation of cancer cell death. It also has the ability to stunt tumor-feeding blood vessels. Without the appropriate levels of Vitamin D, it becomes more difficult for the body to prevent the spread of cancer. Specifically, proper supplementation prevents and/or reduces the severity of colorectal, bladder and breast cancer.
Studies within the last 10 years have concluded that Vitamin D levels exceeding 20-30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) link to 25 and 50 percent reductions in the risks of bladder and colorectal cancer, respectively.
A 2014 analysis concluded that breast cancer, second only to lung cancer in cancer-related death tolls of American women, dominated in patients with a Vitamin D deficiency. On the other hand, patients with high levels of the vitamin doubled their chances of survival. Consequently, researchers encouraged vitamin D optimization in standard breast cancer support, advising physicians to boost levels to a range of 50-80 ng/ml to prevent spreading cancer.
Importantly, scientists stress that it is impossible to give an exact recommendation on dosage amounts. Individual needs vary significantly depending upon a host of other health considerations. Frequently monitoring levels and taking appropriate supplementation remains the best way to meet your unique needs for Vitamin D.
Increased Death Risks and Prevention
A 40 percent increase in the risk of cancer death occurs with a Vitamin D deficiency. A 30 percent increase in the risk of any health-related death follows suit. These statistics emphasize the importance of measuring Vitamin D levels and supplementing for it as needed.
Researchers advocate several reasons to optimize Vitamin D levels. It can be a safe and effective alternative to flu vaccinations and costly cold medications. Its ability to stimulate attacks on bodily bacteria and viruses, repair DNA and boost your immune system help ward off premature death.
Recently, the British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a report with a host of suggestions regarding Vitamin D’s potential role in public health. Recommendations were made to supply children with free supplements in order to reduce disease statistics. In addition, NICE pleaded with supermarkets to offer inexpensive Vitamin D supplements promoted toward seniors and pregnant women. If you fall among these groups, consider supplementation to avert future health risks.
Blood Work at the biostation
Maintain your health and boost your nutrition with the aid of modern science. At the biostation, we will perform blood work to determine your Vitamin D levels and, should a deficiency be found, work with you on a personalized supplementation plan.