Clinical labs all over the country are seeing a dramatic increase in Vitamin D testing. Not only are many people turning out to be D-deficient, but recent research is showing there may be many other health benefits from upping your Vitamin D levels.
Gary Sellenrick is the Lab Manager at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. He says they started screening for Vitamin D at the annual Health Fair a few years ago, and now do about 16-hundred vitamin D screenings a year.
And even though D-screening is seeing an uptick, the knowledge that it is essential for good health is not new:
He says the national average is that about 1/3 of Americans are thought to have low levels of Vitamin D, and that is similar to what they find in the local screenings. Part of the reason, he says, is we are spending more time indoors and using more sunscreen, which blocks the synthesis of Vitamin D.
Sellenrick adds that “moderate” sun exposure can help, or taking supplements. However, if you go the supplement route, he reminds us that not all vitamins are created equal: