Vitamin D Deficiency and Southern Californian Winters
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 16:47
It's not exactly fair. California, officially the sunshine state suffers from the same, near epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency that the rest of the country does.
Experts now believe that 70% of the general American public and 90% of U.S. senior citizens are Vitamin D deficient.
This data of course does not include those people with less than optimal and low levels of Vitamin D 3. A recent study published in the March 2010 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found 59% of their test subjects, all young Southern Californian women were Vitamin D deficient! I'm not sure about you, but I find myself wondering how more than half of the population in Southern California is now Vitamin D deficient.
Personally, I don't think you can blame us though! For years we've been told to avoid the Sun as much as possible and use sunblock whenever venturing outdoors. And, while sunblock and skin products that include a sunblock do prevent skin damage, they also block the body's natural ability to convert sunlight into Vitamin D. Skin cancer has also become a major concern for many people and they choose to avoid the sun altogether.
It's also not uncommon for most of us to spend most of the "sunny hours" of the day working in our offices, as hunting and gathering has given way to sitting for most of the day in front of computer screens! Have you ever arrived at the office when the sun is just rising only to finally make it home as the sun is setting? I know I have.
Throw in a few cloudy days during the Californian winter and you'll find many people don't have sun exposure on their skin for days!
Did you know that there is a clear link between low levels of Vitamin D and increased body fat? Not only that, but insufficient levels of Vitamin D are also a risk factor for many other diseases, such as the link to:
- Increased body fat
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune disorders
The reasons for this recent Vitamin D deficiency problem are complex. Consider these facts:
- Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in adults who always wear sun protection, those with limited outdoor activities, and also those with increased pigmentation, such as those whose ancestors are from Africa, India or the Middle East
- 60 Percent of those with type 2 diabetes have Vitamin D deficiency
- Studies show that women, children and the elderly have very low levels of Vitamin D
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