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Vitamin D … Are you getting enough?

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2016 | Author: Carla Kearney

Recently my sister has been feeling “not herself”. After going through all the normal things like, maybe your tired and maybe run down, or maybe you need a holiday?  (She had just returned from 3 weeks in Jamaica.) I was all out of suggestions.  I thought no more about it (I’m a very considerate sister) until one day recently one of our Nutrition tutors, who is also a fully qualified and practicing GP popped into the office. (Not because it was free pizza day, I’m sure).  As we were talking, over pizza, I mentioned my sister was feeling a bit low and tired and Dr. Parveen starting talking about the importance of Vitamin D, and added that my sister should go and see her GP.

 

vitamin dVitamin D

Any of a group of vitamins found in liver and fish oils, essential for the absorption of calcium and the prevention of rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. They include calciferol ( vitamin D2 ) and cholecalciferol ( vitamin D3 ).

Vitamin D refers to a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for enhancing intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, and zinc. (I looked this up, thanks Wikipedia)

Back to my story

I’ve always been healthy, never over-weight and exercised regularly. I took multi-vitamins and cod-liver oil.   I asked Dr. Parveen if Vitamin D supplements were really necessary?  She replied “Vitamin D is vital to our overall health” this answer surprised me.

Dr. Parveen agreed to come in a few days later for me to question her (in a none confrontational way of course) and write about her for this blog … Thank you again!

Here are some of the things I learnt; Vitamin D is essential for healthy growth, strong bones and strong muscles however our body does not store it for long.  There is evidence to suggest Vitamin D helps to prevent other diseases such cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  Foods such as Oily fish, eggs, carrots, peppers, avocado (not necessarily together) do contain vitamin D. However, the majority is naturally created by our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight. (Easier said than done we are in England)

There are some people more susceptible than others to the deficiency:

  • Women who are breast feeding or pregnant
  • Children (Mainly 6 months to 5 years)
  • Those over 75
  • People with low sun exposure
  • People with darker skin

Are you suffering from any of these symptoms?

  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Backache
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes

I did a little research whilst writing this and it turns out there has been some recent press on Vitamin D:

I think what was consequently hi-lighted by Dr. Parveen was, that even though we think we are doing what is best for ourselves at the time isn’t always so, she recommends everyone takes a course in Nutrition and that there is no-one this kind of course would not benefit.  In conclusion, the more we know about nutrition, our food, and how to make the most out of what is available is to be best informed, and to be informed we need to learn.

Did you know?

  • The more you weigh, more vitamin D is required.
  • A lack of vitamin D can ultimately lead to rickets in children and weaker bones in adults.
  • In the winter (due to lower sun intensity) people with darker skin are 75% more likely to have low Vitamin D levels.
  • Around 1 in 5 adults have low levels of Vitamin D.
  • Between 8 and 24% of Children are Vitamin D Deficient.

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We offer two courses in Nutrition, they are listed on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) and are ideal for those who are interested in improving their understanding of nutrition and healthy eating.

Our courses are designed and developed to be studied from home, in your time at your pace, no classes to attend and no strict deadlines to work to.  Pick up and put down at your convenience to fit in around your current commitments.

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Finally, it transpires my sister is having a baby,  furthermore, I’d better tell her she is in the deficiency list!

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