As we age, the ability of the body to make vitamin D diminishes, and many people develop vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bone and muscle maintenance. In recent years, it has become increasingly recognized that vitamin D is crucial in many functions of the body including the regulation of immune system and inflammatory responses as well as blood pressure and insulin sensitivity. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a large number of cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression, and at least 17 types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer. It is very difficult to get enough vitamin D from dietary sources.
Vitamin D deficiency is of epidemic proportions in the US today. Measured levels of vitamin D we see are frequently in the 20-35 range, less than half of where they should optimally be. At CIRH, we measure vitamin D levels in all of our patients and can insure that you are placed on the right dose of vitamin D. This is a supplement that is completely safe when taken and monitored correctly. It can provide immense potential preventative benefits for pennies a day.