This week saw the publication of another study showing a 26 percent greater all-cause mortality with vitamin D levels below 17.8 ng/mL when compared to vitamin D levels above 32 ng/mL in adults older than 20 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III (1988-1994). This effect seemed to be more important in women than in men.
A similar study from Austria in June found higher all-cause and cardiovascular mortality with lower vitamin D levels. The risk for death from any cause was 2.13 for vitamin D deficiency of 10 ng/mL or lower, 2.34 for vitamin D deficiency defined more conservatively as 20 ng/mL or less, 1.33 for patients with vitamin D insufficiency of 10 to 20 ng/mL, and 1.54 for vitamin D insufficiency defined more broadly as 20 to 30 ng/mL.
Additionally, a study from 2005 showed a dramatic reduction in the reports of cold and flu symptoms in patients taking 800 or 2000 IU of vitamin D a day relative to placebo. Combine this with a study from 2000 showing that chronic back pain (the leading cause of work disability) improved or resolved in the majority of patients with vitamin D supplementation and the number of missed days from work has to be many fewer.
What all this means is that you will be healthier, more productive at work, and live longer to enjoy the fruits of your labor if your vitamin D level is above 35 ng/mL year round. How much do you think this would cost? The answer is about $30 a year. And the place to start is with a copy of The Vitamin D Cure to learn how you can combine this critical nutrient with dietary changes and exercise to enhance your health even further. Don’t wait for a new President or healthcare reform. Take charge of your health now. Take the risk quiz and start the program today. How much is all this worth to you? Priceless!