Saturday, January 4, 2014
Trying to stay healthy
Okay, so I go to the doctor for my semi-annual checkup (I have to go twice a year when you get to be my age!! Guess they think I am gonna keel over or something).
I tell my doc (she's really a physicans assistant but so doggone good) that I am going to be starting a new decade next week and I want us to make a deal. I want her to help me be healthy so I can have the best decade ever! So, she gets right on it, asking me what I want out of it, telling me what I need to do and drawing some blood (OUCH) to check things out.
Seems my Vitamin D level is low. It's 19. Now, I don't know what it's supposed to be but I looked it up and found that it should be over 30. Well, okay. So, I am an inside person, I live way north of that 34 degree line that runs from south of Columbia, S. C. all the way across to L. A. and I don't do much to get vitamin D. Shame, for shame.
So, I get online and look up why the dickens Vitamin D is so important. Did I get an ear full!! Now I am popping those little D pills every day.
I bet you didn't know that having enough D gives you greater resistance to viruses and cancer and reduced risk of Parkinsons (Hmmmm. wonder if that included Alzheimers,)
And, I bet you didn't know that if you have low levels that you have an 80% risk of your arteries getting more narrow which means the blood can't flow as freely. D is directly linked to the stimulation of insulin production which helps stave off diabetes. It also helps with Chronic Pain and depression. Wow, I didn't know all that!! Nobody told me.
If I have peaked your interest here's what you need to do....
* Get tested, especially those of you with family history of cancer. And, I sure fit into that category.
* Don't assume you are getting enough D in what you eat. Make sure you are getting enough by other
means. multi-vitamins do not supply enough, so don't rely on taking those.
* Get 10-15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure on your arms and legs every day.
And, get this.... and why wasn't I told.... surgery that removes portions of the intestines (or stomach) can lead to low vitamin D levels. I had that colon resection back in 2002 which took out about 18 inches I think it was of my intestines. Had no idea it should be a concern!
Anyway.... that's my medical tip of the day (probably year). If you have any concerns then ask your doctor to check your D levels... they probably aren't going to do it without being asked.
Have a HEALTHY new year.