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The Vitality of Vitamin D

If you close your eyes, you can picture it...The sun warming your skin, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. You feel relaxed and at peace.

Ever wonder why lying out on the beach feels soo good? 

When sunlight comes into contact with our skin, a chemical process occurs that transforms vitamin D into a potent hormone called D3, which has significant biological effects. D3, also known as cholecalciferol, promotes calcium absorption, supports bone health, enhances immune function and helps to regulate mood.

Just because we live in a beach community, doesn't mean we are in the clear. Despite regular exposure to sunlight, many individuals in communities such as ours, are still deficient in this crucial nutrient. This lack of awareness about the Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among the majority of individuals we encounter on a daily basis.

The symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are so common that even while you are reading this, you may be saying to yourself.. "Yeah, I need to get my Vitamin D level checked"..

Here are some symptoms associated with vitamin D deficiencies:

  1. Fatigue and weakness
  2. Bone pain and muscle weakness
  3. Mood changes, such as depression and anxiety
  4. Weakened immune system
  5. Increased risk of infections
  6. Hair loss
  7. Difficulty concentrating and lapses in memory
  8. Decreased bone density and increased risk of fractures
  9. Muscle cramps
  10. Bowel and bladder irregularities.

Unfortunately, these symptoms are often ignored or attributed to other causes, leading to a lack of proper diagnosis and treatment.

Hormones are your body's chemical messengers.They travel in the bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including: growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, sleep, mood and the list goes on and on. Vitamin D is no exception. 

Hormone optimization supports prevention.

Most of our patients present with the most obvious symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and when asked about it, they say that their levels have never been checked or considered to be "normal" by other doctors.  The issue is that according to most labs, 30-100 is normal.  Normal is not OPTIMAL!

As we know, hormone values decline as we age, so the lower end of normal, is deficient and the upper range is optimal. We want Optimal. Optimal supports health, longetivity, and vitality.  In fact, studies suggest that optimal vitamin D levels in the range of 60-80 have the potential to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease. 

Gershon Preventative Medicine collaborates with reputable manufacturers and compounding pharmacies to create pharmaceutical-grade vitamin D supplements. Utilizing pharmaceutical-grade supplements is critical for achieving optimal results, as they guarantee that the body can metabolize the recommended dosage without the presence of blocking agents or additives.

Once you are placed on a pharmaceutical grade Vitamin D, it is critical to re-check the level every few months until it is inthe normal range.

Recent studies have revealed that higher levels of Vitamin D are associated with reduced risk of certain malignancies including prostate, endometrial, pancreatic, colorectal, and skin cancers.

It is important that we treat our bodies as well or better than we would our car.  If your tank is running low or your body doesn't seem to be performing optimally, get your "fluid" levels checked and optimize your vitality and prolong your engine's life. You can always exchange your car, but you only have one body.  Obtain an ideal weight, eat well, and be informed on the latest discoveries in the current medical literature.

If you think your symptoms could be related to an underlying hormone imbalance or deficiency, schedule a consultation. Experience the benefits of living optimally! 

Dr. Gershon Steven Gershon, M.D., is the medical director at Gershon Pain Specialists in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor with specialties in pain management and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, he provides compassionate care that incorporates traditional, alternative, and holistic therapies for the best patient outcomes.

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