Dr. Volgman explains how much vitamin D a woman needs to take per day.
It seems that over the last few years, they have been increasing the amount that we should be taking. It went from 400 to 800, and some people may actually need 2000 units of vitamin D a day because the dermatologists don’t want us to see a lot of sun. So we are putting sunblock on, and we need more vitamin D and vitamin D is very hard to find in foods.
The sources of vitamin D are cod liver oil, fish oil, or fish, and that’s about it. So unless you are eating a lot of fish, you are not going to get it from a lot of foods, and that’s why the government has been recommending that we fortify our foods such as milk and orange juice with vitamin D because it’s so hard to get. So we probably are not getting enough vitamin D if you are not drinking milk or orange juice that’s fortified with vitamin D or eating enough fish.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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