Vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases

Epidemiological data underline a strong correlation between poor vitamin D status and higher risk for chronic inflammatory illnesses of various etiologies, including autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D exerts an endocrine action on the cells of the immune system, generating anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory effects. There is increasing evidence for the significant role of vitamin D in reducing the incidence of autoimmune diseases. Several studies have shown that polymorphisms of the vitamin D receptor may make patients more prone to the development of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Other study shows that taking vitamin D led to decreased of thyroid antibody titers, particularly TPOAb, in women with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis already receiving levothyroxine treatment.

If your physician is not open to test for vitamin D deficiency, here how you can quickly self-test for vitamin D deficiency:

  • With your thumb press with a moderate force on your sternum (breastbone). Is it tender or painful?
  • Now, press on with a moderate force the tibia (shin bone) of both your legs. Are they sore or tender?

If the answer to both of these tests is ‘yes’ then you have a 93% chance of being Vitamin D deficient.

Have you heard about hypervitaminosis D?

This is a vitamin D toxicity. It is a serious condition that occurs when there is an excessive amount of vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by huge doses of vitamin D supplements. The recommended dietary adults allowance is 600 IU of vitamin D per day. Doses higher than the recommended dietary allowance are used sometimes to treat vitamin D deficiency, but these should be given for a limited time under the care of your physician. Your vitamin D blood levels should be monitored while taking high doses of vitamin D.

Share below your findings from the test, please.

PS. For those of you who are having a Dutch residence, you can order your vitamin D3 test here 

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