Tuesday, October 11, 2016
An Overlooked Vitamin
So not alarm anyone, it's something for me that was easy to fix but had it not been detected, it could have caused serious health problems.
As part of my yearly physical, since I'm approaching 60 in a few short years, my Doctor ran a complete blood work up.
Normally my numbers are really good, but I hadn't had it checked in about a year and a half.
So last week, she asked if I could come in to review them in person as soon as I could.
That didn't t sound good.
I'd been really tired the last 2-3 months but thought it was all of the extra work on the book.
Fortunately, my cholesterol numbers and other heart health indicators were great, giving me a total cardiovascular health score that meant I am 1/4 as likely to have a heart issue as other women my age.
But there was something else that could have done some damage in the long run.
Apparently, my Vitamin D levels are less than 10% of what a normal persons' should be. That explains just feeling lousy and tired, things I just thought were "getting older."
I walk a lot and usually don't put sunscreen on my arms, so I get a bit of Vitamin D, and I eat fortified foods but apparently, I'm seriously low and we're not really sure why.
So I have to take a prescription strength Vitamin D capsule for the next four months, then daily supplements as well as taking off the hat and getting some sunshine a couple of times a week.
Lessons learned. So go out and get some sunshine.