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HEALTHWATCH: Vitamin D

African American women are nearly three times more likely to be Vitamin D deficient than white women, and lack of Vitamin D can cause a variety of health problems, including breast cancer.

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I am one of the white women with low D. I just found out during my annual physical. I am low by half the normal range. I eat right and get sun. There has been a lot of research as to why our bodies need D and why so many people have the deficiency. I am now on 1000 IU daily in supplement form plus adding more D foods to my diet.

This effects men as well. Some of the effects of low D are:

# Muscle aches and muscle weakness
# Frequent falls, particularly among older persons
# Bone pain, frequent bone fractures, or soft bones
# Stunted growth in children
# Asthma in children (especially severe asthma)
# Impaired cognitive function, especially among older persons.
# Lowered immunity
# Chronic low energy and fatigue
# Depression, particularly among older persons
# Presence of any autoimmune disorder

Vit D allows the body to absorb calcium so many people with low D have problems with high blood calcium.

Vitamin D may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

* Asthma (severe childhood)
* Atherosclerosis
* Bladder cancer
* Breast cancer
* Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Colon cancer
* Congestive heart failure
* Crohn's disease
* Ovarian cancer
* Depression
* Epilepsy
* Fibromyalgia
* Heart attack
* Hypertension
* Inflammatory bowel disease
* Insulin resistance
* Kidney disease
* Leprosy
* Liver disease
* Metabolic syndrome
* Multiple sclerosis
* Myofascial pain syndrome
* Osteoporosis
* Periodontal disease
* Preeclampsia
* Psoriasis
* Rectal cancer
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Senile dementia
* Stroke
* Tinnitus
* Tuberculosis
* Type 2 diabetes
* Ulcerative colitis

Its worth asking your Dr. for a blood test.