Vitamin D deficiency is the latest of many abnormalities that are being implicated in Essential M Review numerous common maladies from heart disease and strokes to depression and diabetes. There are so many references and speculation about the prevalence of deficiency that the only thing that is clear, is that nothing is clear.
We have learned a great deal more in recent years about Vitamin D and its different forms. We are learning that it may play a more important role than the traditional musculoskeletal health for which it has been known. Vitamin D has long been important for calcium metabolism. An association of low vitamin D levels with a number of other conditions has recently been recognized.
However, the association does not mean it is the cause of the problem. There are often many other factors and their intricate interplay that play a role in a disease process while some of these factors may only be coincidental companions. Even though reputable experts are advocating checking vitamin D levels and begin treating low levels they admit that what is really needed are long term randomized, controlled studies of large groups of people to really see if vitamin D supplementation actually reduces heart disease, death or any of the other conditions with which it is being implicated.
This is really a case of guilt by association without adequate proof. There are numerous examples in both life and the practice of medicine where we collectively have jumped on the band wagon with certain recommendations that seemed intuitive, logical and full of promise only to be proven later as ineffective or even worse dangerous.
Submitted 19 hour(s) ago by ameliasampson