Vitamin D Decreases Incidence of Blood Clots!

By on March 27, 2009

With March being National Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month (I’m not making this up!), you would think that  This Study would have garnered more attention than it did. But for most of National Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, Big Pharma had it’s showcase, trotting out examples of people who have died from DVT and how their drugs would have saved them.

Blood clots in the legs, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis– or DVT’s- are most often acquired by people who are inactive for long periods of time, women who smoke and take birth control pills and hospitalized and post surgical patients. DVT’s in and of themselves are generally not dangerous and will often resolve on their own. But the BIG risk is that the blood clot in the leg will break off and go into the lungs causing a life threatening situation called a Pulmonary Embolism– or PE.

For people who are at high risk, anti clotting drugs are often given- sometimes for long periods of time. But the above study shows that a completely drug free- and in fact ENTIRELY FREE – option exists for the prevention of up to 30% of DVT’s- moderate sun exposure.

Researchers concluded that Vitamin D is the reason behind the preventative effects of the sun exposure.

Vitamin D seems to be nearly constantly in the news lately, with this being the newest study in the glut of news coverage about this amazing Vitamin. While new Vitamin D research continues to get almost weekly news coverage in its amazing ability to prevent and treat a vast array of diseases from Multiple Sclerosis to Periodontal Disease, it is still being pretty much ignored by the medical industry. Doctors, who should be on the forefront of implementing this research in order to protect the public, remain virtually clueless about the importance of Vitamin D Testing and giving patients the proper dosage of Vitamin D Supplements, when needed.

With nearly 80% of the population Vitamin D deficient, you would think that the myriad effects of Vitamin D on the prevention of diseases would have the medical world hopping. But sadly, few seem to care and insurance companies are often slow to pay for anything that is not  ‘standard medical treatment’. So the various ‘modern illnesses’, like blood clots that could be prevented with proper Vitamin D Supplementation are continuing unabated despite the knowledge being out there for those who care to look for it.

About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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