Inadequate Vitamin D Linked to High Pain Killer Use

Not getting enough vitamin D might turn you into a pill popper. Findings in the journal Pain Medicine reveal patients taking narcotic pain medication with inadequate levels of vitamin D were taking much higher doses, nearly double that of individuals with sufficient vitamin D. For the study, experts examined the vitamin D levels of 267 chronic pain patients. Scientists are encouraged by the results because vitamin D is inexpensive, readily available and improve overall quality of life; via ScienceDaily.

If you don’t know by now, vitamin D is derived from the sun. Our bodies convert ultraviolet rays into vitamin D which acts as a hormone and tells our system to absorption of calcium and phosphorus and sufficient vitamin D has been shown to ward off depression in the winter and prostate cancer.

So get outside and get your vitamin D, or else! In the past low vitamin D has been associated with multiple sclerosis, increased incidences of C-sections and sudden cardiac death.


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Mushroom Channel - March 31, 2009 11:38 AM

First of all, as a regular reader, I can't thank you enough for regularly getting the word out on the small changes people can make to their lives that make a huge impact on their health (like 15 minute of sunlight a day for Vitamin D).

As a rep for the Mushroom Council, I'd also add that in addition to sunlight, people can get the recommended amount of D through their diets. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable to have naturally present vitamin D and there are other foods enriched with it. That's especially important for those of us living where there's still snow on the ground because our opportunities for sun are limited but items like mushrooms are available in grocery stores year-round.

Sara - March 31, 2009 10:16 PM

Remmember- Dr. Fuhrman has it is very hard to get enough vitamin D from the sun- especially in non-tropical climates. Like New Jersey. So pop a few Vitamin D pills.

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