Cold Laser Pain Relief gives each new patient a pack containing handy information and miscellaneous tips. I thought that this particular page from the pack cannot be emphasised too much, as Vitamin D affects so many different aspects of health.
- CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
If Vitamin D3 levels are low, the risk of Myocardial Infarction is twice as high
Int. Jour. Epidemiol 1990
Blood pressure is higher in winter, northern latitudes and with increased skin pigmentation, all conditions consistent with lower Vitamin D3 levels.
- DIABETES TYPE II
Metformin improves insulin sensitivity by 13%. Higher Vitamin D status in this study correlated with a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity. Vitamin D may prevent the progression of Type II to Type I Diabetes.
The progression of Osteoarthritis is lessened by adequate Vitamin D3. Improvement of Osteomalacia and Pageant’s Disease has also been documented.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
MS is rare in sunny climates. A study of 10 patients with MS for 2 years, treated with 5000IU Vitamin D daily found a reduction in the number of relapses and an absence of adverse effects.
A study in the treatment of Season Affective Disorder (SAD) revealed that 44 subjects supplemented with 1000IU of Vitamin D daily, had significant improvement of mood.
Low Vitamin D decreases the threshold for and the incidence of seizures. Some anticonvulsant medications interfere with the formation of Vitamin D.
- MIGRAINE HEADACHES
Studies show a reduction in the frequency, duration and severity of menstrual migraines if women with Vitamin D deficiency took a daily supplement of 1,600IU of Vitamin D3.
- POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME
Vitamin D deficiency is common in women with PCOS.
- MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN
A study found Vitamin D deficiency in 83% of 299 patients with low back pain. Supplementation with Vitamin D decreased pain in almost 100% of these patients in 3 months.
- AUTOIMMUNE CONDITIONS
Besides MS, the following diseases are also associated with Vitamin D deficiency:-
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Grave’s Disease
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- CANCER PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
It has been proposed that thousands of lives per year could be saved from a reduction in cancer mortality by supplementing with Vitamin D3 or by providing adequate exposure to UV light. Inadequate exposure to sunlight is associated with the following cancers:
- Breast/ ovary
- Prostate / Bladder
- Non-Hodgins Lymphoma.
50% of patients with Fibromyalgia are Vitamin D deficient.
Journal of Rheumatology 2001.
Psoriasis patients treated with oral Vitamin D3 or the top active Vitamin D metabolite Calcitriol, showed improvement in the majority of cases. It also improves Vitiligo.
Trials in France and USA demonstrate a 30-40% reduction of hip and all bone fractures with a 50,000 IU Vitamin D3 capsule monthly, combined with 600mg of Calcium daily. Subjects taking Prednisone or Cortisone are recommended to take 50,000 IU Vitamin D3 monthly, with 1000mg Calcium a day to offset the bone thinning effect.
Makes you think doesn’t it?