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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Do You Know Your Vitamin D Levels?

This is my public service announcement. Have you had your doctor check your Vitamin D levels recently? Maybe you should. I read online (and now I can't find the source) that up to 80% of women could be deficient in this important vitamin.

What does this mean? In adults, it can cause the bones to soften, osteoporosis, arthritis, fatigue, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, memory loss, and a long list of other problems. For a fuller breakdown, check out Wikipedia and Fighting Fatigue. The list is long and eye-opening.

The good news is that in most people after it's diagnosed and treated, the improvement is quick (1-3 months, but I can't find the source article for this tonight either. Should have bookmarked it when I researched earlier this week.)

So why am I off on the Vitamin D kick? I just had blood work done and my Vitamin D level was extremely low. Low enough that the doctor prescribed a supplement. Maybe it's psychosomatic, but in just four days, I feel as if I have more energy. I'm constantly fatigued which is why I'm a slave to coffee, and I'm not ready to give up the morning brew yet (likely never), but wow did I get a lot done yesterday. I took my dad to Home Depot, updated a couple of PDF pages on my website, washed bedding, weeded the garden, cut down the dead flowers, watered some plants, reread the time travel story and tweaked it, cleaned the bathroom (easily my least favorite chore), and more!

It was unbelievable. And if I'm feeling this much more energy after four days, I can't wait to see what a month brings. Plus, now that it's summer in Minnesota, I can probably get outside and get some Vitamin D from the best source--the sun.