The Power of Vitamin D: Do We Need to Supplement?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant, has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, and is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great, and is the #1 international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.

What Dr. Mimi Secor could say in an interview on 
Vitamin D:

Particularly now, we are hearing about a lot of different ways to stay healthy and protect ourselves from illness. A rising star in the pandemic is Vitamin D. Recent studies have pointed to this vitamin as a link to not only preventing COVID-19, but also lessening the severity of the illness.

Fact About Vitamin D

    • Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts like a hormone in the body. It can be obtained from very few food sources (oily fish, fish skin, egg yolks), supplement of D3 (cholecalciferol) taken orally and skin synthesis via sun exposure/UVB radiation.

    • Because there are few food sources, sun exposure is variable and linked to skin cancer, in many countries including the U.S., milk, plant derived milk substitutes and cereals are fortified with vitamin D.
    • Skin synthesis is limited in dark skinned individuals and in all individuals during winter months at northern latitudes (above Atlanta, Georgia) from November through May.

What Vitamin D does

    • Vitamin D increases absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate, which are all essential for bone health. Another effect in humans include enhanced immune system function which may reduce risk of infections particularly respiratory infections such as influenza and possibly COVID-19.
    • Additional benefits such as reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, thyroid problems, reduced depression, increased fertility, enhanced weight loss, psoriasis, and rickets in children, have also been hypothesized but to date robust research is lacking.  

types of circumstances That Make it necessary to supplement

      • This depends on many factors including your age, race, residential latitude, season, sun exposure, and many other factors.
      • Approximately 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Deficiency is particularly common in the elderly population. An estimated 82% of black people and 70% of the Hispanic population are also deficient.
      • Considering these statistics, most people probably should be taking a Vitamin D supplement.

As always, one should follow the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin D and to speak to your doctor first before taking this or any supplements to ensure that it is safe to do so.

 

Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor.

Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a Nurse Practitioner, Educator, Health/Fitness Advocate. She is also a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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