The Center for Disease Control attests that at least 77% of American adults don’t get enough Vitamin D. And while that’s bad news for everyone, it’s often WOMEN who suffer most.
Vitamin D is involved in regulating up to 2,000 different genes in the human body.
Considering that this amounts to 10% of our makeup, it’s disturbing that so many adults are D deficient.
Recent research shows that women in particular should be concerned about getting adequate levels of vitamin D.
A study at Boston University School of Medicine recently found that pregnant women who are vitamin D deficient are FOUR TIMES more likely to require delivery by cesarean section.
Similarly, the risk for both preeclampsia, which is dangerously high blood pressure, and pre-term labor, is significantly increased when a mom-to-be is lacking the nutrient.
And risks from a mom’s D-deficiency extend to an infant, as well.
Vitamin D is important for the proper development of a fetus’s brain, and it’s a significant factor in preventing respiratory infections and wheezing after birth.
Vitamin D deficiency is also being investigated as a potential culprit in the development of autism!
Low levels of the nutrient can also make it more difficult to conceive a pregnancy in the first place, according to findings reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
And even if you’re not trying to conceive, researchers at Creighton University in Omaha found that women who get adequate amounts of vitamin D are up to 60% LESS likely to get breast, skin and lung cancer.
Plus, multiple studies have linked vitamin D deficiency in women to mood disorders such as premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, major depressive disorder, and non-specific mood disorder.
Postmenopausal women should be aware that low levels of the nutrient may lead to osteoporosis, or thinning bones.
Women of all ages with vitamin D Deficiency are more likely to suffer urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
No matter what your age or stage of life, ensure that you’re getting enough of this VITAL nutrient by asking your doctor to test your blood levels.
Women who are deficient may benefit from a daily supplement or increased sun exposure.
To learn more about essential vitamins and minerals, check out this video on Vitamin D and Womens Health, courtesy HealthGuru.com
Content herein does not represent medical advice. To learn more about pelvic floor disorders such as fistula, pelvic organ prolapse, dropped bladder, dropped uterus, hysteropexy uterine resuspension, vaginal laxity, rectocele, postpartum rehabilitation, vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, Kegel exercise or incontinence please visit other posts in this blog and the Urogynics website at www.urogynics.org.