The Unbelievable Reason You're Short On Vitamin D
Nutrition experts have been grumbling for years that the government got our vitamin D recommendations wrong. When the Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines of 600 IU a day were released in 2010, respected Harvard professor Walter Willett, MD, primary researcher behind the Mediterranean Diet, stated publicly that this wasn't enough—especially for people living in northern, sun-deprived climates. Now, new findings have confirmed everyone's fears: The IOM recommendations are literally flawed. We may need at least 10 times as much of this vital nutrient.
The error first came to light in October 2014, when two public health scientists at the University of Alberta published as a study in the journal . They went back through the IOMs studies and discovered a statistical mistake: The institute had based its vitamin D recommendations upon an average that was far too low to achieve healthy levels of D in the blood. After rerunning the numbers, they discovered that adults might need more than 8,000 IU to reach safe levels, though the researchers hesitated to recommend such high doses since none of the volunteers in the studies had taken more than 2400 IU daily.
MORE: The 10 Worst Things That Can Happen When You Don't Get Enough Vitamin D
In March, 2015, researchers at the University of San Diego and Creighton University went a step further in a letter to the same journal. They analyzed several new studies in which people were taking much higher levels of vitamin D, and they were able to confirm the Canadian research. The new findings suggested that the daily recommendations for vitamin D should be around 7,000 IU.
The error is especially worrisome since vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common health problems in the world. An estimated 30 to 50% of children and adults are deficient. Low D has been linked to bone fractures, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia.
What should you do? The best way to make sure you’re getting enough is to ask for a vitamin D blood test, says Dowd. Your levels should be between 45 to 50 µg/mL. If you’re deficient, work with your doctor to find the supplement dose that's right for you rather than taking a stab at what dose you think you might need. "In my practice, most patients' vitamin D levels are between 30 to 60 µg/mL, and then I can adjust their dose of vitamin D up or down to achieve the bull's eye," he says.
MORE: 17 Surprising Ways To Get More Vitamin D
You can get vitamin D from fatty fish, cheese, liver, eggs, fortified foods like cereal and milk, and sun exposure. Another thing to keep in mind, says Dowd, is that the more you weigh, the more D you might need. Plus, as we age, our D-making machinery slows down. The bottom line may be that a universal RDAs for vitamin D isn’t practical, he says. It pays to get tested and to work with your MD to find the supplement dose that's right for you.
Video: 5 Reasons Why Gingers Are Superior | All5!
25 Unapologetically Feminine Home DecorIdeas
Chipman said that he believes AR-15s have been so frequently used in mass shootings for two reasons: popularity and lethality
How to Use the Newtons Cradle
Using Lush Bath Bombs as Highlighter Can Actually BeDangerous
Expand the use of injectable contraceptives
Ways To Wear: The Biker Jacket
CoQ10: Miracle Supplement or Waste of Money
ISCRIVITI SUBITO ALLA COSMO RUN
Fall Foods That Help or Hurt Digestion
Pork Tenderloin with Couscous and Zucchini
How to Play a Natural Harmonic Minor Scale on Guitar
My uncle brought this thing called a bottom buddy
Garance Doré Is Launching a Podcast in Partnership with The Outnet