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For men using testosterone replacement, there is some newer data relating the risk of prostate problems with blood levels of estrone and DHT, two androgen metabolites. Talk to us about adding these studies to your routine lab monitoring.
There have been great advances in understanding the many useful functions of Vitamin D, besides the well-known benefits for supporting healthy bones. Many of us have already discussed D?s role in immune support, both in decreasing the risk of breast and prostate cancer, but also in helping to modulate other diseases such as multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease.
We now know many of us have diets deficient in Vitamin D; this is true for greater than 70 percent of women older than 50, and up to 90 percent of women older than 70! Measuring your blood for Vitamin D is a cost-effective and important test for ensuring adequacy of this important nutrient.
The type of Vitamin D we use for replacement is also important.Vitamin D3 is the active form versus Vitamin D2, which must be converted in our bodies.
We carry an active D3 product; 1,000 to 2,000, units/day is the recommended dosage. However, 4,000 units/day is not unusual. Vitamin D2 may require 50,000 to 200,000 units/week for correcting deficiencies.
Another recent development shows that Vitamin D is its importance for muscle as well as bone health. In fact, Vitamin D may help decrease muscle pain and weakness caused by D deficiency and may have potential value in patients with fibromyalgia. In the elderly, Vitamin D helps improve strength and balance and decreases falls and fractures; it is also helping with patients with Parkinson?s disease!
— Will Corell, M.D.