Let’s Get Serious about Vitamin D

What does Vitamin do for the body?

  • Helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth
  • Protects against infections and some types of chronic diseases
  • helps protect older adults from osteoporosis

What are the benefits of Vitamin D?

  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular function, and glucose metabolism.
  • Regulate adaptive (acquired) and innate immune responses to prevent overexpression of inflammatory cytokines
  • Lower the risk of breast and colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease in men, and multiple sclerosis - This research is still inconclusive

What is the recommended Daily Dosage of Vitamin D?

2-70 years = 600 IU (15 mcg)
70+ years = 800 IU (20 mcg)

Where can I find Vitamin D?

Natural Food Sources

  • Fatty fish: salmon, trout, tuna
  • Fish liver oils
  • Egg Yolks

Foods fortified with Vitamin D

  • Cow and Goat milk
  • Plant based beverages
  • Orange juice

Sun Exposure via outdoor activity

The amount of Vitamin D produced from the Sun depends on;

season, time of day, cloud cover, smog and sunscreen, distance from the equator, amount of skin exposed to sunlight and skin pigmentation and age

How much time do I need in the Sun?

  • Researchers suggest 5-30 minutes exposure
  • from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or twice a week
  • Expose the face, arms, hands, and legs without sunscreen.
  • UVB radiation does not penetrate glass

What about Tanning Beds?

Avoid, since the UV radiation from Tanning beds is carcinogen and can cause skin cancer.

What happens if I don’t get enough Vitamin D?

leads to osteomalacia, resulting in weak bones in adults and adolescents

adverse outcomes such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy

How does Vitamin D Effect my Oral Health?

Plays a key role in bone and tooth mineralization

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation showed moderate positive effects on periodontal health after nonsurgical periodontal treatment

What happens if you are Vitamin D Deficient? 

  • oral diseases are associated with lack of Vitamin D
  • linkage to higher risk of tooth defects, caries, periodontitis and dental treatment failures
  • negatively influenced periodontal surgery outcomes

 

Does Vitamin D Help prevent Covid-19? 

  • Evidence suggests that Vitamin can play a role in fighting the virus
  • People with low vitamin D levels  at higher risk for serious outcomes in COVID-19

 

How Does Vitamin D prevent Covid-19?

  • Modulating the immune response to the virus
  • Reducing the inflammatory response to infection with SARS-CoV-2

Should Vitamin D levels be increased to mitigate risk factors & fatalities of Covid-19?

Evidence recommends you can safely increase Vitamin D levels up to 2,000 (50 mcg)

How can I naturally improve my Vitamin D levels?

By weight loss through increased activity

Take home messages of Vitamin D:

  • essential for good health, especially musculoskeletal health
  • critical for a well-functioning immune system
  • plays vital role in promoting health and nutritional well-being

Adapted from ODHA Weekly Audio cast with Dr. Glogauer and Kim Ivan:

Role of vitamin D in systemic health, oral health, & COVID-19

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