Saturday, November 3, 2007

Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency Drains Billions of Dollars from Canadian Health Care System

The Vitamin D society, a Canadian non-profit group organized to increase awareness of the many health conditions strongly linked to vitamin D, has calculated the cost of vitamin D deficiency on the Canadian health care system to be no less than $9 billion dollars annually.

Vitamin D has long been known only for its role in bone health and proper calcium absorption. However, the explosion of research over the past few years has revealed that vitamin D plays a key role in cell growth regulation in the body, and may be related to the prevention of 22 forms of cancer as well as heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and many other disorders.

Due to what is being considered a Canadian crisis and worldwide problem, the Vitamin D Society is recognizing the month of November as Vitamin D Awareness Month.

For the complete story and more information about the society and vitamin D research, go to the following link:

We continue to see more and more attention drawn to this topic and if you search throughout this blog you'll notice that many of the articles specifically reference the importance or more Vitamin D in one's daily diet. For the highest quality Vitamin D supplement, check out Usana Health Science's "Essentials."


Buy said...

Wow, I'm glad I'm taking my supplements from USANA -- if you take the total cost of Vitamin D deficiency to a society, as these Canadian researchers did, and divide it by the number of people who deal with a disease caused in part by Vitamin D deficiency (annually) you would get your own eventual cost for having one of those diseases for just one year.

I think the safe way to go is to expect that if your diet is Vitamin D deficient, that you will likely have one of those diseases and pay in both healthcare and less enjoyment of life. For that matter, if you're deficient in any of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, you are likely at an increased risk for a whole host of diseases.

It just goes to show that a well-rounded dietary supplement, like USANA Essentials or the HealthPak 100, can fulfill this need in our diets for adequate nutrition. Our bodies will thank us later!

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