I have a vitamin D deficiency. Not surprising. With Celiac absorption of A-D-E K, the fat soluble are an issue, as well as Magnesium, Potassium, B12, and , and , and.
I was surprised when I looked up the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Seriously, this malabsorption stuff with gluten intolerance and autoimmune issues is the ONLY thing ‘wrong’ with me. If doctors would look at that first, I would have no health problems at all.
My blood pressure, for years has been just a couple of beats more than a zombies, (112/70) suddenly has become high, 136/89. It is a bit of white coat syndrome, I can get a normal reading at home, but normal 120/80 ,is high for me. The ‘high’ is not high enough to medicate, but enough that ‘they’ always mention it.
The worlds largest study to examine the link between vitamin D levels and hypertension has found tha low levels of Vitamin D can be a major cause of hypertension
I STRUGGLE with my weight. I do enjoy food. But I do not eat the a lot of fatty greasy carb filled foods. I do not eat enough food to maintain my over abundant self. My petite, daughter in law, who at times is underweight, eats much more than I do. I ate low cal, no carb, no sugar, no dairy, and running 4 miles every day, for a year lost me 30 lbs. Seriously?!
In cases of overweight people, blood tests have shown that there is high cholesterol level in blood but also low vitamin D level. By the way, my cholesterol is just above the ‘good’ level:(
These past 2 years my lab work has shown small elevated levels in my blood sugar, and I have heard the talk of risks of diabetes. So need to watch it. :(
In summary, vitamin D has the potential to prevent Type 1 as well as Type 2 diabetes. It can also prevent the devastating complications of diabetes such as heart attacks and kidney failure.
In this last medical visit, I was finally was ‘re’ diagnosed with low thyroid. I have been ‘border line’ on paper, and definite with symptoms for years.
Vitamin D also has a direct effect on thyroid health, as this vitamin has been shown to influence thyrocytes directly by attenuating thytrophin (TSH)stimulated iodide uptake and cell growth (3).
One of my thyroid symptoms has been hair loss. It fluctuates. I started taking Raw Thyroid, over the counter, and it really seemed to help. Now reading that there is a relation between Thyroid and D, I understand more. And with this information:
Researchers at Cairo University found that women who were experiencing hair loss also had lower levels of iron and vitamin D2—and hair loss only got worse as the levels dropped.
Another snowflake in this snowball. The doctor found the D deficiency and low thyroid in my lab work, while confirming my low estrogen (menopause from hell, result of 15 years of no uterus and ovaries, AND being over 50.) Guess what? Vitamin D deficiency declines sex hormones, i.e.. estrogen.
VitaminD plays a vital role for menopausal women, in particular, those over 50. Women in their 30s and 40s should also pay attention to vitamin d. – See more here:
Add this to , my finding a few years ago I had a magnesium deficiency. I become dehydrated easily. I have migraines that are relieved by taking magnesium. drinking sports drinks with mag, or NuNN tabs.
We know, that vitamin D to get absorbed in the bloodstream requires magnesium to convert it into its active state, and it is also a fact that vitamin D blood levels will fail to rise in those who are already magnesium deficient, irrespective of their vitamin D consumption
Magnesium is essential to a healthy body. Magnesium is absorbed through the gut. D needs magnesium to be absorbed. D regulates the absorption of calcium. Thyroid needs calcium to function. D is one of those fat soluble that get absorbed through stomach. D messes with the sex hormones. Magnesium is needed for a healthy heart. Magnesium is messenger for insulin. The endocrine system depends on magnesium to regulate energy,the metabolism. Vitamin D is thought to be a ‘reason’ for autoimmune disease. It all goes together in one big snowball.
A snowball effect. Doctors are not putting all of this together. Some do come close, by treating the insufficiency, with nutrients and not meds. Few, though, are coming to the correct conclusion. One small grain, that our world has come to believe is essential to our diet, is the cause of this avalanche. What if I had never eaten wheat? Would I have had a hysterectomy from Adenomyosis in my 30’s? Would I be 40+ lbs overweight? Would my D be low? Would my nails be strong? Would I have broken every toe, 3 fingers, a wrist and a rib? Would I have tinnitus? Would I have arthritis in my shoulders? Would I have had PMS? Would I have migraines? Would I have crows feet? Would I have asthma? Would I have been a perfect wife and mother? We will never know!!