Vitamin D Deficiency Soars in the U.S.

Posted by John Coppola on 28 Jan, 19

A new research study reveals that most Americans are lacking a crucial vitamin, Vitamin D. Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ or vitamin D.

Current lab values list a normal range of vitamin D to be between 30 ng/ml to 100 ng/ml. Now even a non-medical professional can see that this is an abnormally wide range. For instance, someone with only 30 ng/ml of vitamin D is just as healthy as someone with 100 ng/ml? So, upon further in depth investigation, here’s what we uncovered.

In 2011, the well respected Endocrine Society issued a report based stating that much higher minimal levels of vitamin D were critical to good health and disease prevention. Their study was developed by experst in the field assigned to a Vitamin D Task Force. They concluded, “Based on all of the evidence, we recommend vitamin D Levels of 60 ng/ml for both children and adults”.

What does Vitamin D Do?

Vitamin D plays a critical role in the absorption of calcium to promote bone health. Vitamin D is important to the body in many ways. Muscles need it for contraction and movement, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and the body, the immune system depends on it to fight off bacteria and viruses and Vitamin D is a building block for the production of hormones in the body.

New studies have linked vitamin D to a variety of chronic diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Osteoporosis

To find out more about vitamin D and supplementation click here.