Compensating For Calcium Deficiencies With OsteoPlex
Posted by Kate W on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Today is a little bit of a nerve-wracking day for me. In just a few hours I will go to the doctor to find out the results of my latest round of blood work. I’ve been dealing with an ongoing vitamin D deficiency for several months now. It was first picked up during blood work for a routine physical, and two follow-up tests have indicated recurring low levels. For the past sixty days I have been on an intense vitamin D and calcium regimen. If my levels haven’t improved, we’re going to have to discover where the underlying problem comes from. I’ve also had some elevated liver enzymes, so my doctor suspects the two issues might be related; the next step, assuming my levels haven’t improved, is an ultrasound on my liver to make sure there are no issues.
It seems unlikely that I would have a vitamin D deficiency. I live in Florida, so even though I don‘t sunbathe I get plenty of sun exposure just as a matter of course in my day-to-day life. Vitamin D isn’t found in a tremendous amount of food sources, but I frequently eat the ones it is found in – fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. I don’t drink regular milk – I prefer almond milk – but I do enjoy Trop 50 orange juice that has been enriched with calcium and vitamin D.
Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, so that’s my biggest concern. My Grandma has extremely fragile bones; a slight stumble in the parking lot leads to a broken hip for her. I don’t want that to be my fate, so in addition to rigorously taking my vitamin D supplement I’ve been taking additional supplements like Osteo-Plex to get a more diverse range of vitamins and minerals to strengthen my bones.
Now that I’m a parent, I no longer indulge in the extreme sports like skydiving and mountain climbing that I used to find so thrilling just a few short years ago. But without enough vitamin D, I could wind up breaking my ankle just taking the recycling down to the curb if I don’t watch where I step. No matter the outcome of today’s blood work, I will continue to eat a healthy diet loaded with the nutrients I need, and fill in any gaps with supplements so that I can continue to be a healthy and whole parent and person for as long as possible.
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