Many people already know that vitamin D can be important for controlling the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestine and its storage in the bones.
Recent studies show that the effect of vitamin D goes far beyond mere prevention of osteoporosis. It was thus observed that the breast cancer risk in women who consumed a large amount of vitamin D was only half that of those who consumed little of the substance. Similar observations have been made by scientists in prostate, colon and lymph cell tumors. In addition, infection susceptibility, high blood pressure, diabetes and multiple sclerosis seem to be associated with vitamin D deficiency.
There are also indications that men's cycle disorders and hormone synthesis in men are caused by vitamin D deficiency and can be successfully treated by vitamin D supplementation. In patients with suspected osteoporosis or planned therapy, the determination may be very useful.
Even unclear muscle problems can be the result of vitamin D deficiency. A measurement of the vitamin D level seems to make sense even if there is a high level of suspicion; there are initial indications of a negative effect with high levels, so it is not recommended to take large amounts of vitamin D without a critical dose. Vitamin D storage is most likely to be represented by the measurement of 25-OH vitamin D.
A study by the Robert Koch Institute shows that more than half of Germans are under-supplied with vitamin D. Over 80% consume less vitamin D than recommended.
The vitamin D content in food seems far from sufficient to meet the needs. In addition to offal (liver and kidney), vitamin D-containing foods are also vital mushrooms (eg shiitake) as well as fatty fish and eggs.
There are three ways to counteract vitamin D deficiency:
2.Artificial UVB light
3.Vitamin D intake
The common recommendation: "15 to 30 minutes a day in the fresh air" does not seem to be sufficient. Between November and March, the sun does not seem strong enough to stimulate vitamin D production. For example, a study by the Heidelberg University Hospital shows that in the winter months, 75% of the women examined suffer from vitamin D deficiency, and one in three women even has a severe vitamin D deficiency. 209 women between the ages of 14 and 86 were examined. But even in summer many people do not spend enough time outdoors.
A determination of vitamin D, e.g. at the annual screening, is an important contribution to your health!