Winter may bring on vitamin D deficiency in women with certain conditions

According to HealthDay, recent research conducted at Vanderbilt University shows that women who suffer from osteoporosis, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer and hypothyroidism may have a vitamin D deficiency during the colder months.

The researchers looked at the vitamin D levels in of 250 women who suffer from one of the health conditions, comparing their results in the summer to those obtained in the winter. The results, which are slated to be presented in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, showed that during the winter, 28 percent of the women had deficient vitamin D levels and 33 percent had insufficient vitamin D levels, and those numbers decreased to a 5 percent deficiency and 38 percent insufficiency in the summertime.

“We found that these women have a severe drop off in vitamin D levels in the winter, which is a real concern for women who already are coping with significant health conditions,” said research author Samir Aleryani, Ph.D., in a news release for the society.

Aleryani noted that women who suffer from one of the ailments should take steps to increase their vitamin D intake in the winter by consulting with their healthcare providers about supplements that may help.

Vitamin D’s role
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, vitamin D promotes bone growth and the absorption of calcium, and a deficiency of it can result in brittle or misshapen bones and osteoporosis. The source also notes that the vitamin is crucial for cell modulation, the functioning of the immune system and reducing inflammation.

The Mayo Clinic notes that other groups that are at risk for having low vitamin D levels are the elderly, obese people and infants who are breastfed. All it takes is 10 minutes of sun exposure in order to prevent a deficiency.

You can get vitamin D in fortified orange juice and cereals or you can take a Sublingual Vitamin D-3 supplement from Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

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