Many people believe that the sun provides a substantial amount of vitamin D, which is essential to living a healthy life. Unfortunately, you still may have low levels of vitamin D, even if you spend a good chunk of time outdoors. Whether it is the middle of winter or summer, you should get your vitamin D levels checked. If you vitamin D levels are too low, it can cause osteoporosis, cognitive impairment and other health problems. Two new studies have actually linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.


Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

A study published in the BMJ revealed that 35 percent of people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from heart disease, and 14 percent are more likely to die from cancer. The study also revealed that adults who orally ingest vitamin D reduce their risk of death by 11 percent.

Another study that was led by researchers at Stanford University, found a positive correlation between high vitamin D levels and low incidences of diabetes and stroke.

Vitamin D is so important for your health, because it provides support to your immune system. If your immune system is not strong, your body can fail to recognize the growth of cancer cells. With proper vitamin D levels, your body can more easily fight off foreign invaders and abnormal genes. If you are worried you are at risk of heart disease or cancer, take note of the following tips.

Get Tested

This is the only way you will know for sure if you are at risk for low vitamin D levels. Next time you go to the doctor’s office, request the 25-OH vitamin D test. The normal range of vitamin D levels is between 30 and 90 nanograms/milliliter, but it is best to be above 50ng/ml.

Take a supplement

If your levels are low, add a vitamin D supplement to your diet. Even if you live in a place where the sun is out more often than not, it doesn’t mean you are getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D. If the test reveals that you are deficient, your doctor will recommend the appropriate amount of vitamin D you should be taking. After three months of taking the supplement, you should get your levels re-checked.

Lay out in the sun

The only way the sun can be beneficial is if you are out absorbing rays. Luckily, Las Vegas summers are longer than most cities’. Spend about 15 minutes of your day in the sun, and if you are darker skinned and don’t burn as easily, let your skin take in vitamin D without using sunscreen. However, if you are prone to skin cancer or burn easily, always use sunscreen.

You can visit a doctor at Las Vegas Urgent Care to find out your vitamin D levels. The doctors at Las Vegas Urgent Care clinics provide quality care in a timely manner. You don’t even need to schedule an appointment. For more information about Urgent Care, contact 702.852.2000 today.

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