Vitamin D is very important for Babyboomers to be healthy. Dr. Rowen MD advised me to get 15 of sun in the middle of the day at least three times a week to make sure I keep my Vitamin D levels at optimal levels. Even though it is 100 degrees here in Dallas during the summer months, I take 10 pound dumbbells and do heavy hands around the apartment complex for 15 minutes every other day.
It is easier to do heavy hands during the spring and fall but going out in the heat consistently makes the heat’s impact marginal. It actually feels good to go outside and bask in the sun without sunscreeen.
The three most valuable Health Secretes from Dr. Rowen are: keep your Vitamin D at optimum levels (going outside in the sun is free), get at least 5 minutes of intense exercise every day (check with your doctor first) and keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water, ideally 4 ounces every hour.
Article on Vitamin D by Dr. Rowen, MD
Vitamin D is no longer an overlooked vitamin. And yet I continue to see patients low in this hormone/vitamin, even in summer, even in those who read my newsletter. This is bad news, as vitamin D deficiency contributes to many major illnesses. Now researchers have linked vitamin D to another health challenge — insulin resistance. That’s important for anyone with metabolic syndrome.
In this new study, researchers looked at 741 pregnant women. They found that 0.6% of them were deficient in vitamin D (<25 nmol/L). For women who had gestational diabetes, the risk of severe deficiency (<12.5 nmol/L) was higher. The authors concluded that vitamin D deficiency is linked to insulin resistance.
This is an important finding. Obesity is epidemic. Insulin resistance is a huge part of the problem. As you put on weight, your insulin works less effectively. Your body responds by making more. High insulin as well as high blood sugar is correlated with a host of degenerative diseases from coronary disease to cancer.
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Don’t be fooled by the fact that the researchers conducted this study on pregnant women. The fact that severe deficiency was more prevalent if the pregnant women had gestational diabetes tells us there’s an intimate association between the two hormones. (Vitamin D is actually more of a hormone than a vitamin.)
There are two morals to this story. God designed humans to be outdoors. Don’t think otherwise. And, please get your vitamin D (25 hydroxy vitamin D) level checked. If you are not in the higher range in the summer, that’s not a good sign. And the best time to check is in March or April, the end of winter. Even my vitamin D level was low! You’ll need to take 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily to get your levels above 75 nmol/L.
Yours for better health and medical freedom,
Robert J. Rowen, MD
Dr. Robert Rowen, MD is one of the Health Heroes recognized in the In Search Of Heroes TM Program. I have known Dr. Rowen for over 30 years. He understands both conventional and integrative medicine. He teaches other doctors when to use specific therapies to get optimal results with minimal harmful side-effects. His wisdom helps you and your family stay healthy and disease free. Ralph Zuranski, Creator of the In Search Of HeroesTM Program