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why is vitamin d important?

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Dr. Prasanna Santhanam
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Bone health: Vitamin d is important for bone health, improve and prevent cardiovascular disease, reduce the risk of cancers and overall general well-being.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Omnipresent: Traditionally, vit d has important role in bone health but is increasingly recognized as a hormone with role in various body systems including skin, immunity, etc.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg commented
General Surgery 32 years experience
Recent study of obese adolescents prior to bariatric surgery found 16% with vitamin D deficiency, about half severely deficient. Recommended to check vit D blood levels in this group of patients.
Oct 28, 2012
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
People with heart disease, dementia and many types of cancer tend to have low vitamin D levels so many experts believe that by having an adequate level of vitamin D you will decrease the risk of these conditions
Nov 2, 2012
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Vitamin D & Uveitis: Association of Low Vitamin D Levels with Noninfectious Anterior Uveitis The data showed that the odds of developing uveitis were 4% lower for every 1-ng/mL increase in vitamin D levels. Though the authors conclude there is no confirmation of a causal effect between the two, it supports the growing body of literature. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/article-abstract/2594012

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Should I take an omega 3 vitamin while I am nursing?

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Yes: It's probably a good idea. We don't know, exactly, what the "rda" of omega-3 fatty acids should be for nursing moms or babies or children, but we do know that these are important especially for eye and brain development. Good natural sources of omega-3s are oily fish (sardines, mackerel) and flax seed.
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Could prenatal vitamins be causing nausea?

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Is it safe to take more than one prenatal vitamin per day?

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Why?: You should stick to your doctor's advice; i generally recommend avoiding more than 1 pnv pill daily mainly due to concerns about hypervitaminosis a - possible teratogen. You can take additional Folic Acid and calcium/iron as needed though, on top of the regular pnv dose.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Please suggest some important questions i can ask my doctor about vitamin d.

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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If: If I am solely breastfeeding, should I also be giving vitamin d supplement to my baby?

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