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AUDIO: Dr. Theodore Friedman - What Women Need To Know About Vitamin D And How To Check Your Levels

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Well, we are doing studies that are exactly are that, taking patients with pre-diabetes, giving them vitamin D and seeing if their diabetes improved. It’s a double-blind study; we don’t know the results yet, but we are hopeful that this is going to be an important factor. It’s not going to be the only thing, the only thing affecting diabetes, but it’s something very easily corrected. And I think that’s one of the key points is, it’s pretty easy to measure your vitamin D level and to replace it up to what is probably considered optimal–we’ll talk about that later—and, you know, this can be done very easily, very inexpensively, and I don’t see much downsides into it. So I think that you have potential to really improve your health by measuring your vitamin D level and getting it into a sort of a proper range that’s, you know, not too low and probably not too high either, although it’s very unlikely that you’ll ever be exposed to too high of a level. And by being in this proper range, you certainly have the potential to protect yourself against multiple diseases that we are all trying to prevent, like diabetes and high blood pressure and cancer, and especially breast cancer.

Todd:
Well, you know, most of the things we see on our site and women searching on the Internet has to do with prevention. You know, people are prevention-driven, right? When they are looking for health, and I am not sure if there’s a better prevention strategy than making sure that you are vitamin D… what would you say? I want to say non-deficient.

Dr. Theodore Friedman:
I would say sufficient.

Todd:
Vitamin D sufficient. So let’s get down to it. How does a woman know if she is vitamin D deficient? Does she go into her doctor and ask for a test?

Dr. Theodore Friedman:
Yes, she does, and she has to either have a relatively knowledgeable doctor do the correct test.

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