September 29th, 2010

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Suffering from Seattle-itis AKA a lack of vitamin D

All my blood work came back from my annual poking (so much fun—not). Yes, my cholesterol and such is great. Again, the assistant was just amazed. She all but came out and said, "You are the healthiest fat person I've seen." I think she was happy to tell me that I am 'suffering' from a severe vitamin D deficiency.

My vitamin D number is 11 and should be between 30 and 50. These are just numbers to me. So, I looked up why vitamin D is important. says:

Function of Vitamin D

The major purpose of vitamin D is to control normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorous. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium, and therefore is essential for forming and maintaining healthy bones. Without vitamin D, bones can become brittle, soft and misshapen.

For the adult, vitamin D provides protection from osteoporosis and muscle weakness, which could cause falling. For the child, it provides protection from rickets. Vitamin D helps protect the body from high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Canadian researchers found a link between a lack of vitamin D and multiple sclerosis in children. More research has discovered a link between low levels of vitamin D to diabetes and tuberculosis.

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Interesting, yes? Maybe this is why I'm so clumsy.

So, for the next three months, I will be taking a weekly super dose of vitamin D. Then I will get blood work done again to see if I can shift to something OTC.