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Vitamin D – what to do?

If you’ve been following the news on Vitamin D lately, you’re either very confused or not paying attention.   When it comes to media reports of medical issues, not paying too close attention can be a good policy.

Beginning of the month, we got a new story saying that higher levels of Vitamin D caused more mortality.  Story Here

Now this week, a new paper shows higher levels of Vitamin D correlate with greater longevity.  Store Here

When I read the details of both of these articles, they did not conflict.  People with healthy levels of Vitamin D (35-60 ng/ml) do well, those with lower than 20 ng/ml or greater than 90 ng/ml don’t do well.

How do you get there?  For 75% of people, a healthy varied diet with a few minutes of sun exposure and an additional 1000 – 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 taken with a meal containing healthy fats like nuts, seeds or avocados will do the job.  Here’s the rub, some need more and some need less.  It is worth testing at least annually to make sure you’re doing well.

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