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My Thoughts on Vitamin D and Good Numbers

August 1, 2017

Vitamin D is well known for its important role in bone health. However, there are many other aspects regarding vitamin D that give us a wide range of beneficial effects. For one, Vitamin D helps with sugar metabolism. It can improve management of adult onset diabetes. Vitamin D also has a tremendous anti-inflammatory effect. Pushing levels to the higher end can get rid of many muscular aches and pains that are common with aging. Vitamin D can induce a better sleep cycle, probably having something to do with the regulation of the circadian rhythm. For this reason, I always suggest taking vitamin D at bedtime. If you sleep better, a lot of things in your system reset properly. Another trick I learned was its use with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). This occurs in wintertime and some people become depressed because of shorter days. Artificial light does not give us the same stimulus as sunlight. Some of my patients with SAD start to take higher doses of vitamin D3 (15,000 to 20,000 units) beginning in September and continue through the Christmas holidays. Many report a significant benefit with this regimen. How does all this come about? First of all, note that the chemical structure of vitamin D is a steroid ring. Steroid simply refers to the molecular formation. Some bodybuilding street drugs have a steroid ring similar to the sex hormones and, thus, the negative connotation. So, as such, I think vitamin D fits more with the hormone family because of its structure. It is commonly accepted that hormone levels drop with age. What is ignored is that there can be a premature decrease from exposure to chemicals in the environment that act as endocrine disruptors Endocrine Disruptors: Your Toxic Environment. BPA is the big offender, but many types of plastics play a part and can cause a premature drop in the level of hormones because of their estrogen-like activity. Fake estrogens (xenoestrogens) bind to receptor sites like gorilla glue. A woman can be taking anti-hormone medication that is less effective because receptor sites are bound with the fake estrogen Bisphenol A (BPA)—What is it? Take a group of 50-year-old men today and measure an average testosterone. Then do the same for an age matched group back in the 1950s. The 1950s group had testosterone levels 35 to 40% higher. This is the result of exposure to endocrine disruptors which can also affect vitamin D levels Relationships Between Urinary Phthalate Metabolite and Bisphenol A…. As far as vitamin D, sodium benzoate (yes, it is on almost every package label) can inhibit conversion of vitamin D2 (inactive) to the active D3 form despite what is considered to be adequate sun exposure.  So there are many things in our daily life that can cause a drop in hormones ahead of schedule. What do we do? We can accept premature aging along with bone loss, adult onset diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. We throw medications at those numbers which really does nothing to alter the level of function of our “human machine”. Things as simple as optimizing vitamin D, testosterone, and thyroid naturally lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. Imagine that! No medications needed. The key is to obtain an overall roadmap. A recipe, so to speak, can then be set up as far as nutrition and supplements. I have always emphasized the importance of a complete and comprehensive exam at the age of 50 that gathers data to establish a roadmap. This is not the annual physical in conventional medicine. Think of this scenario: A middle-aged man (50) comes in with a little bit of a paunch and is asked about his medical health. He states it is pretty good. He goes to the gym. He tries to eat right. As far as medication, he takes something for cholesterol, another for blood pressure, a heart pill, and something for sugar. Oh, a Viagra certainly helps. His doctor told him that all his numbers were under control (whatever that means). I ask youis this truly healthy? Do you have balance (chemical and hormonal) for the “human machine” to function optimally? And trending as far as changes in body composition (particularly losing lean muscle mass) can be an early indicator as far as starting down the path of premature aging. You decide what you think is truly healthy but I stress it is more than just having “good numbers” at your annual checkup.

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