Are You Vitamin D Insufficient?

Athletes and those who are physically active could be at risk of injury.  Higher incidences of stress fractures and muscle injuries have been reported by those who are vitamin D insufficient.

An estimated 50 to 70 percent of Americans lack appropriate vitamin D.  This causes a decrease in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.  Bone density and muscle strength is then compromised.

A combination of the following is generally recommended:

  • DIET – Cod liver oil, fish, raw or enriched milk, eggs and mushrooms are all excellent sources of vitamin D.
  • SUNLIGHT – UVB light on the skin produces vitamin D3.  This may last twice as long in the blood compared to ingested vitamin D.
  • SUPPLEMENTS – Many health professionals now recommend 800 to 1000 IU of vitamin D per day.

We all know we should be physically active.  The Center For Disease Control considers it a vital part of promoting good health.  It can:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities
  • Reduce your risk of falls
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Maintaining an active lifestyle while assuring the proper levels of vitamin D will reduce the risk of injury and improve all aspects of your life.

If, however, pain or immobility hinders your ability to stay active, call today for an immediate appointment.

Move More, Live More!