Saturday, January 13, 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency At Large

Jan 10, 2018
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been at the Embassy of Ecuador in London for over five years, making him a prime candidate for Vitamin D Deficiency. He could experience the same as any person confined indoors for years on end. This puts human health in jeopardy by lowering the immune system. There is a risk for all kinds of illness due to lack of daily sun exposure. Daily sun exposure on bare skin is how humans originally got Vitamin D.

Even if he can go outdoors, London, far from earth's equator, is a tough place to get enough sunlight year round to make much of a difference. As a result, D Deficiency is more prevalent there and at other higher latitude locations. Most people can correct the deficiency by taking vitamin D3 supplements. I used oil based type gel caps with breakfast - the sunshine vitamin right? I know but I never get tired of that one.✌

Nowadays in our technological, more and more indoor-based society, it doesn't really matter where you live. People are also at risk depending on age, weight, skin pigmentation, lifestyle, certain medications and medical conditions. Many of us work indoors, wear sunscreen or practice sun avoidance because of skin cancer diagnosis or fear of getting it. There are other conditions and some medications that also require sun avoidance. Did you know people diagnosed with skin cancer are much more likely to have low vitamin D levels? I would even venture to ask, "Show me one person with skin cancer who has optimal D level." Whatever your own situation more than likely D3 supplements could improve your health.

I noticed the following article today that if not fake news, makes me wonder if Mr. Assange is aware of his greater need for vitamin D3 supplementation?

If the news story is true, could the reported behavior be a symptom of depression? I have observed the same in myself and others living with depression which is now known to have an association with low vitamin D levels. Improvement of depression in humans has been observed by raising D levels with oral D3 supplements. Raising my own level close to optimal at 75ng/ml (as measured in the US), I did experience relief from my depression. In the UK, the same level will read 188nmol/L. UK, Canada and others use a different system with different letters and the number is more than double the US reading.

Along with published Vitamin D research, others have reported positive results. Because of these outcomes, I encourage further exploration of the subject. There are links to explore other related content on the web throughout my blog and one of so many good places to start is Vitamin D It includes lots of D-related information and you can learn about co-factors like magnesium. One person can't cover everything so it's important to do our own research.

Anyone living with depression would do well to get tested for Vitamin D deficiency. The 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D test is what to ask for. Too good to pass up the opportunity when there is a very good chance for improvement. Adding the correct dosage of D3 can improve other areas of health too. Over the counter available, Vitamin D3 supplements are affordable and it was well worth my while to get tested and treated to regain better quality of life. 

"May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles." ~Zig Ziglar

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