I was surprised when my doctor recently told me that my Vitamin D level was low. I’ve spent lots of time in the sun and have the wrinkles and spots to prove it!
Did you know that sunscreen blocks the absorption of Vitamin D? I didn’t. It is important to use sunscreen!
Vitamin D is essential for bone health and has many other benefits. Low levels are also linked to fatigue, depression and some types of cancer too. Since I work for a Rheumatology practice I’ve seen what that can do if not treated.
I thought that just by working in my garden or going to the beach as often as I have that my Vitamin D level should be alright. Vitamin D is not found in many foods. Some are supplemented, like orange juice.
I have started taking Vitamin D daily along with my calcium supplement. I highly recommend that you have your Vitamin D level checked at your next office visit. Have a bone density test (DEXA scan) done too. You may be surprised, as I was.
There are many treatments for osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your options if you find out you are at risk! I know we all want to stay strong so we can continue to enjoy life. Wishing you good health and strong bones!