News woman need to know- vitamin D & calcium

USA news today ran on article with this title :Panel to postmenopausal women: Don’t take vitamin D, calcium Click on name to go to the article

A government advisory panel’s recommendation Tuesday that healthy postmenopausal women should not take daily low doses of vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone fractures is a wakeup call to millions of Baby Boomer women that more is not always better.   It went on to say that the calcium chews that taste like chocolate are easy to overdo— well that I believe. being a retired RN and a postmenopausal woman gives me the right to comment.

The first problem I have is “healthy”- you can still be healthy and have a low vit D level. How many women have there level checked at their yearly physical. I had never had it done because I walk the dog every day and sunshine “makes” vit D in the body. I read an article somewhere and oked the Dr to check. What a surprise to find my level was below normal.  There are nutrional ways to get VitD, the most popular is added to milk or orange juice, neither of which I drink.

Vit D is really important in the body in a variety of body systems. It helps pull calcium into the bones, appears to have effects on immune function.  A diet deficient in vitamin D causes rickets, softening of the bones. There is much you can learn about it- if you are savy enough to read this blog, you to can “google” Vit D. I just want us all to live the best life we can. Moderation is the key to everything, including moderation.

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5 thoughts on “News woman need to know- vitamin D & calcium

  1. I just recently had my vitamin D levels checked and found out I was low as well. This shocked me as I am an outdoors person and thought surely this would not be a problem for me. I had also recently heard the news about calcium and stopped taking it. It is sometimes difficult to keep up with the changing health news, isn’t it? I try to lead a very healthy life by exercising and watching what I put in my mouth but sometimes I feel that is not enough but don’t always know who to turn to for the best advise. Thanks so much for your post!

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  2. I had been achy all over for years. Turns out my D was very low. I had to do high dose therapy for 6 weeks. Now I take it every day. Changed my life. I feel so much better. That’s my testimony on the need for D! Good for you MM great heads up 🙂

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  3. So many woman I know have the updates on calcium needs but few know about vit D or their levels. Increasingly inside workers don’t outside enough to get a level. Mine was below normal which really surprised me. Hugs to you

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  4. Thanks for posting Mountainmae… as a vegetarian I keep an eye on my iron and vitamin B12 levels, and it is not bad to have low levels as long as they are not TOO low! Good to know about vit D and calcium too. It’s easy to overdose and do yourself more harm than good!
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