It is so hard on all loved ones when a family member becomes ill. It makes you realize how precious life is and how important it is to maintain your health. With all major illnesses the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath and be thankful for all the wonderful people in your life and the professionals who are trying their best to help you and your spouse. Then you need to come up with a plan to maximize the outcomes.

The first thing to do is follow your physician’s orders. Yes, I said orders not recommendations or suggestions. When your husband was in the hospital the physician wrote orders to be followed by the nurses and staff. They weren’t maybes or suggestions but orders. There is no such thing as noncompliance in the hospital but there is such a thing with patients and physician orders. If you want the best outcome follow your physician’s orders. They will want him to follow a diet, exercise, rehabilitation program and medication regime. Noncompliance will decrease the chance for the best outcome. As physicians we want to see our patient’s quality of life to be the best it can be and it is so hard to witness noncompliance and see a worse outcome.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular disease for a long time. The studies on supplementation have been somewhat mixed in part due to study design. A study published on January 3 2018 (Med Clin) randomized cardiac patients to vitamin D supplementation and their usual medication or just their usual medication and the results were encouraging.

Among patients who had low levels of Vitamin D3 (<50nmol/L) almost 27% had major adverse cardiac events compared to 0% with vitamin D levels over 50nm0l/L. This was a prospective randomized study so it certainly demonstrates that there may be a huge benefit to Vitamin D3 supplementation for patients with coronary heart disease.

It is well established that vitamin D3 is necessary for bone and teeth health. It is also well established that the majority of Americans do not get enough Vitamin D3. We simply can’t make enough from sun exposure. The farther away from the equator we live, the less likely we are to be able to absorb enough of the suns rays. In winter it is particularly challenging and some studies have shown that it is nearly impossible even if we spent all day in the winter sun. In the summer we put sunscreen on and again it limits our exposure to the sun’s rays.

Supplementation is really the only way to get enough vitamin D3.It is such an important vitamin linked to good cardiovascular health, maintaining a good blood glucose level, supports the immune system and many more important functions.

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My Frienemy The Sun

My Frienemy The Sun

I have been watching a lot of astronomy shows lately and have come to the realization of how wonderful our sun is. Without its perfect rotation and location there would be no life on earth. Its warmth and energy help nourish and foster all life on earth. As humans, it is our primary source of Vitamin D. As with all things great and wonderful, too little or too much can harm us. We need to balance our exposure and a little common sense goes a long way.

It has been beaten into our heads that the sun is bad for us. That is not really true. Sunburn is bad for us but not sun exposure. So we faithfully put on our sunscreen to prevent sunburn, but by doing that we decrease the very vitamin that we can not get enough of from our food-Vitamin D.

Why is vitamin D so important? Without it our bone health is at jeopardy. We can develop brittle bones call osteomalacia in adults or rickets in children. Our immune system needs vitamin D to fight off diseases. Low vitamin D is linked to high cholesterol,obesity,heart disease,erectile dysfunction and cancer. The farther away you live from the equator the lower you Vitamin D level will be.

The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey 2005-2006 found a large percentage of Americans were deficient in their levels of Vitamin D even at low levels. 41% on average at 20 ng/ml. If you have darker pigmented skin the deficiency rate goes up, African Americans were the most deficient at 82% and Hispanics had a 69% deficiency. Why is this? It is due to the lower level of the suns absorbency in darker skin.

There are a few foods that have vitamin D in them but it would be almost impossible to consume enough to compensate for the lack of sun exposure. How many pounds of mushrooms or quarts of milk a day can you really consume? It has only been the last 100 years or so that we have gone from an agricultural society to an industrial society. We are hard wired to get our vitamin D from the sun. So what do we do?

If we have a light complexion we have to use sunscreen because we may burn. Sun burn can lead to skin damage and skin cancer. But we can’t get enough vitamin D. If we have a darker complexion our skin has a harder time absorbing the sun rays so our vitamin D level in lower.

We pretty much have to take a nutritional supplement.

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Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. It is poorly absorbed unless pepper is added to it. It helps with general anti-inflammatory health possibly easing the pain of arthritis and it also helps regulate the cell cycle. Regulating the cell cycle is very important with maintaining good general health and fighting off disease.

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