Vitamin D Series PART 1 – Vitamin D and Athletes

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Vitamin D is well known for its role in calcium regulation and bone health, but emerging literature tells of vitamin D’s central role in other vital body processes, such as: signaling gene response, protein synthesis, hormone synthesis, immune response, plus, cell turnover and regeneration. In addition, a common symptom of clinical vitamin D deficiency is muscle weakness.Recent reports have shown a direct relationship between vitamin D blood levels and

  • muscle power
  • muscle force
  • muscle velocity
  • bone mass.

In addition, low levels of vitamin D can result in

  • over active parathyroid function
  • bone loss
  • increased risk of low trauma fractures
  • muscle injuries.

A new study, recently published in the Journal Sports Health, is entitled “Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division One NCAA Athletes”.

This study begins by stating:

“Up to 1 billion people have insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels. Despite the well-documented, widespread prevalence of low vitamin D levels and the importance of vitamin D for athletes, there is a paucity of research investigating the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in athletes.”

The researchers evaluated the blood levels of vitamin D in a large group of NCAA Division I athletes. The results showed that about one-third of the athletes had very low levels of vitamin D. The highest risk factors for having low levels of vitamin D were being of hispanic descent, or having dark skin tone.

Look for the PART 2 on recommendations for Vitamin D supplementation

REFERENCE – Sports Health. 2014 Jul;6(4):340-7. doi: 10.1177/1941738114524517. Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes. Villacis D , Yi A , Jahn R , Kephart CJ , Charlton T , Gamradt SC , Romano R , Tibone JE , Hatch GF 3rd .

Do You Have a Glucose Meter?

I recommend everyone purchase their own glucose meter as part of their “wellness tracking”.

Digital health and personalized wellness is so popular now and more people are  interested in managing their own health by changing lifestyles and healthier living.

This is your “Fitbit for blood sugar”.

Since the research is showing how blood sugar levels between 105 and 120 can have inflammatory effects on the body, I recommend you know your numbers! Test your blood sugar fasting as well as directly after a meal and 2 hours after. Experiment with different foods.

I checked at Costco today about the price. The actual glucometer is about $12 and the lancets and test strips are the expensive part. I have attached a photo of mine here.

Test strips are far and away the most expensive aspect of using a blood glucose meter. Prices on test strips can range anywhere from $8 to $50 or more per box of 50. Some manufacturers with more expensive strips offer co-pay assistance programs to help drive the cost of test strips down into this range. I also recommend you ask your doctor for a prescription for test strips!

If your glucometer is simple to use, you’re more likely to test as often as you should. For most users that means a bright, easy to read screen, buttons that are easy to handle, forgiving test strips and a reasonably small blood sample.

We now know that even in healthy people, high blood sugar after meals can, over time, damage the body, even if it never causes diabetes. In short, it’s no longer just certain people who need to worry about their blood sugar; it’s pretty much everyone. It should concern you even if you’re thin and healthy, and especially if you don’t get much exercise

CLICK HERE to learn about my Sugar Buster Program.

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Your greatest ally in health is your microbiome–the trillions of bacteria that are the control center of your health! I have written a lot about the microbiome and I am speaking at two national conferences this year all about it.

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