One of the intriguing topics in our conference was the idea that majority of us are actually Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is predominantly made in our skin via exposure to the sun. But come to think of it…I wake up and work before the sun gets up…stay in my office till afternoon… then drive home straight to my house. How much sun exposure do I get?
Dr Holick who is the author of the UV Advantage was our plenary lecturer and his lecture really made an impact that patients complaining of muscle aches and bone pain and osteoporosis may all be suffering from Vitamin D Deficiency. In fact there is a link between the rising incidence of breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer to Vitamin D Deficiency!!!! His study revealed facts that almost always we don’t think of Vitamin D at all. A dose of 400 IU in our multivitamin may not be enough…if you’re taking only one tablet daily.
The best way to check if your muscle aches are due to Vitamin D deficiency is to get a 25 (OH) Vitamin D level. If its below 30 mg/dl then take a Vitamin D supplement at most 1000 IU per day. Food sources can only give us as much as 100 IU/day from salmon, juices and dairy products.
PLUS… try to expose your arms and legs at least 15 minutes per day most days of the week to avoid Vitamin D Deficiency… another reason to enjoy the sun…
So my advise is… before you put on your sunblock, enjoy the benefits of the sun for 15 minutes then apply your sun block lotion to avoid increasing your risk for skin cancer.
Muscle Aches?… Enjoy the SUN!