Vitamin "D" is known as the sunshine vitamin.
Many studies out today suggest that many of us do not get enough Vitamin "D".
In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge talks to a Minot doctor who recommends it to all of his patients.
Dr. Thomas Carver is a long time doctor of pediatrics and neo-neonatalogy.
He's been doing a lot of research in recent months, about Vitamin D. He says numbers show that over 60% of adults and children are deficient in this vitamin. Vitamin D is essential for bone health, but studies show it is good in the prevention of many diseases.
Dr. Thomas Carver, Pediatrics/Neonatology Trinity Health "It could help with diabetes, crones diseases, and certain cancers"
He says there are not enough good sources of foods with vitamin D. Some types of fish have it- there's also fortified milk. But he says even with that, and by taking a multi-vitamin, patients he has tested are still not getting enough. You get vitamin D from the sunshine, but in our climate that's limited.
Dr. Thomas Carver. "even when we get sun, we use sunscreen, and that limits our skins ability to produce vitamin D"
He says you would have to take an unreasonably high amount of vitamin D for it to have a negative effect. So Dr. Carver has started recommending supplements to all his patients.
Dr Carver, "800 international units for newborns, my older kids 1000, and from age 9 to adult, 2000 international units"
Dr. Carver says it's always best to talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your health plan. And he encourages people to get tested. it's a simple blood test, but it is not a routine test. You would need to ask for it. Dr. The benefits of Vitamin D, it's something to consider. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge