Is Vitamin D Screening Helpful?

Vitamin and mineral supplements of all types are readily available today in shopping centers and pharmacies everywhere. This attests to the ever growing awareness of their importance – and lack of relience of getting enough from the typical american diet. Read on to see what is so special about vitamin D.

A robust and rapidly growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely essential for good health and disease prevention, in part due to the fact that it influences about 10 percent of all your genes.

The US Preventive Services Task Force recently proposed new guidelines for vitamin D screening, which can be crucial for a number of different health conditions.

As for cancer, there are well over 800 references in the medical literature showing vitamin D’s effectiveness—both for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Vitamin D has a number of potent anticancer effects, including the promotion of cancer cell death, known as apoptosis, and the inhibition of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor).

Carole Baggerly, founder of the vitamin D research group GrassrootsHealth, believes that as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer may in fact be related to vitamin D deficiency.

In related news, an Indian study found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation in combination with exercise can aid prediabetic individuals by preventing the progression into full blown diabetes. Since exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your insulin and leptin sensitivity, this certainly makes sense.

Article Summary

  • I recommend getting your vitamin D level tested at least once per year, when your levels are likely to be at its lowest. For people in the northern hemisphere, this would be around January or February
  • Vitamin D has a number of potent anticancer effects, including the promotion of cancer cell death, known as apoptosis, and the inhibition of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor)
  • A recent study links vitamin D optimization to improved cancer prognosis among those with a family history of cancer—regardless of the type of cancer involved—and a reduced risk of death from any cause
  • An Indian study found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation in combination with exercise can aid prediabetic individuals by preventing the progression into full blown diabetes
  • Other research has shown that vitamin D may be the single most important nutrient to address the complications of pregnancy such as preeclampsia and premature delivery

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