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  • chartvitDEvery day patients consult with their physicians to discuss their pain. Many times this pain is a simple problem such as back pain due to an injury, or a specific damage to a muscle or tendon. However, sometimes patients present with many different complaints- or one big complaint that has become very chronic and recurrent. In these situations it is important for your doctor to consider testing your Vitamin D levels.

    Normally we absorb this nutrient from sun exposure and by eating healthy plants and animals. However, with the changes in the way we live today many of us just don’t get the time to be in the sun (even in Mauritius!) and we’re often stuck in situations that are pushing us toward making quick meals that aren’t very full of nutrients (fast food, processed food that we microwave).

    Vitamin D has been gaining a lot of attention in health recently as it is being shown that nearly every chronic disease is correlated with a low level of Vitamin D in the blood. Whether or not chronic disease leads to a low level of Vitamin D or if a low level of Vitamin D leads to chronic disease is hard to say. What we do know, however, is that when we supplement patients with Vitamin D their symptoms tend to decrease.

    While in the past we believed that Vitamin D levels between around 25-50 ng/ml were sufficient, we are learning more and more that a Vitamin D level between 50-70 ng/ml is a much better preventative and treatment-oriented level. In patients with autoimmune diseases and cancer levels above 70-100 ng/ml are the goals for treatment.

    If you have noticed that you’ve been getting ill often, find yourself with many aches and pains, or just don’t have the same energy levels as you used to have it might be worth your time to ask your doctor about testing your Vitamin D levels.

    For more information on the topic, check out these helpful links:

    What is vitamin D?

    http://www.deflame.com/products/nutritional-supplements/clinical-vitamin-d-60/

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3442332/