Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 25 : Summer 2015 - Page 78

Healthy You: D is for Deficient by Kim Jones It’s official. I’m now a (prescription) card carrying member of the “Vitamin D Deficiency Club”. During National Hospital Week this year, Cary Medical Center employees were offered a free Vitamin D test. Not having had one before, I rolled up my sleeve and offered up a vein. It wasn’t long afterward that I got my results…and my golden ticket into the club. prostate, breast, colon, and ovarian cancers), depression, cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure and stroke), and several other health conditions, as well as reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, infections, metabolic disorders, allergies, and inflammation. Vitamin D deficiency has become a health epidemic with an estimated 40 – 50% of Americans below the recommended Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin essential for good vitamin D range of between 30 – 100 ng/ml. Mine was health as it helps the body absorb calci [KۙHوHXZ[