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A study using the average pain rating (scale of 0 to 10) decreased by 12% in those with a serum Vitamin D level of 80 ng/ml versus those with 10 ng/ml. In the specific case of back pain - pain reduced by 20%.

Why are so many Americans deficient in Vitamin D though? One reason: studies find that being overweight (or having a higher BMI) causes Vitamin D deficiency. In order to alleviate the adverse affects of being overweight, Vitamin D testing, supplementation, and monitoring is indicated.

More on Vitamin D Levels...

Vitamin D helps fight cold and flu. It influences 10% of our genes. It's critical in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, osteopenia, diabetes, heart disease, auto immune diseases, and more. A study by vitamin D expert Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., found that about 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented each year with higher levels of vitamin D.

Caution: There's more than one Vitamin D test, so make sure you're using the right one as well as the OPTIMAL ranges....not outdated laboratory values. Please ask Dr. Kristen how you can get your Vitamin D test and specific supplement prescription (the exact type and dosage for a real clinical effect)!