Too Much of a Good Thing  

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6/5/2006 2:27 pm

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6/6/2006 7:40 pm

Too Much of a Good Thing

What is the biggest organ in your body? Your heart? Your liver? Your . . . well let's not go there
Give up? It's your skin! Treat it right and you can have a positive effect on your whole body. Obviously, the lady in this picture does not know how to say when. If you don't believe me, click on the picture to enlarge it and see for yourself.

I was looking at my pale northern skin this week. Boy I really need to get out in the sun. I mean, my arms, neck and face are brown but the rest of me looks pathetic. The sun helps the body to produce it's own vitamin D. The effects of vitamin D are many.

A recent study has found that vitamin D deficiency may account for several thousand premature deaths annually. These findings were published last week online in the American Journal of Public Health.

The researchers reviewed 63 studies on the relationship between vitamin D and certain types of cancer worldwide between 1966 and 2004. The majority of studies found a protective relationship between sufficient vitamin D status and lower risk of cancer, especially in cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and ovary.

Researchers in New Zealand recently examined the relationship between lung function and vitamin D and published their findings in the December issue of the journal Chest. Low concentrations of vitamin D have been associated with a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, hypertension, and type I diabetes. Research now indicates that serum concentrations of vitamin D might also influence pulmonary function.

A study published in the June 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Research has found that many women treated for osteoporosis have low levels of vitamin D, a nutrient necessary for adequate bone mineralization.

So get out there and enjoy the sun this summer. It can even improve your mood. And we know that some of you could use some help in this area. Ahem! Just, don't over do it. Wear some sun screen. Don't end up looking like the prune lady.

Foods that also have vitamin D are milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified orange juice. A typical serving provides approximately 100 international units (IU). Supplementing with additional vitamin D could be especially important for people living in northern areas, which receive less vitamin D from sunlight. Researchers have found that doses of 700 to 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day reduced the risk of hip fracture by 26 percent and nonvertebral fracture by 23 percent.

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