Tuesday 31 December 2013

Take care of Vitamin-D level in Winter, Dr Harinder Batth

By 121 News Reporter

Mohali 31st December:-- In winter, vitamin D level could fall into the deficiency zone thus increasing the risk of illness, cancer, and other health problems. It was an essential co-factor in the prevention of diseases from cancer to diabetes, dementia and cardiovascular disease. It could also effectively shield us from the common cold and influenza during winter months."

 This was stated by Dr Harinder Batth an Orthopedic Surgeon at Dashmesh Orthopedic and Trauma Center (DOTC) , Zirakpur while speaking during a seminar on 'How to maintain Vitamin-D level in winter' held at DOTC today.  He said many current guidelines for Vitamin D levels were inadequate because they only were taken into account what was needed for bone health, and would leave us susceptible to cancer and many other chronic diseases.

 Dr Batth said self medication of vitamin D without medical advice could be dangerous, warned Dr Batth. Vitamin D toxicity, also called hypervitaminosis D, was a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you have excessive amounts of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D toxicity was usually caused by megadoses of vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure. That's because your body regulated the amount of vitamin D produced by sun exposure, and even fortified foods did not contain large amounts of vitamin D, pointed out Dr Batth. The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity was a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which could cause symptoms such as poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. Weakness, frequent urination and kidney problems could also be occurred, said Dr Batth.

Beyond supplements, sensible sun exposure could also be safely used to further increase vitamin D levels for optimal health. Explaining importance of sunshine in getting Vitamin D, Dr. Batth said that the sunshine vitamin was a critical part of our evolution as it has been circulating in our ancestral blood for countless generations due to plentiful sun exposure.


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