Great Combo Deal on Vitamin D and CBC Blood Tests for $45

Inadequate levels of vitamin D in the blood are a chronic and epidemic problem in most parts of the developed world. But overcoming this problem requires vitamin D blood tests because of the highly variable nature of the body’s response to vitamin D. Fortunately, there’s a great deal on a combined CBC (Completed Blood Chemistry) and vitamin D test available via an offer through Life Extension for only $45 through January 3, 2011. This article also provides a source for 5000 IU vitamin D3 softgels that should cost most people less than $2 per month for enough vitamin D to achieve adequate blood levels.

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Vitamin D May Help Fight Asthma And Flu

The National Jewish Center in Denver in January 2010 published a research study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine based upon testing done on 54 asthma patients. The findings suggest that generally the patients suffering from the worst asthma symptoms have the lowest vitamin D levels, thus suggesting that a possible method to improve the outcome for asthma patients is to increase vitamin D intake.

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Low Vitamin D Common in African-American Asthma Kids

Children in Washington DC suffer from high rates of asthma. Children’s National Medical Center has recently publish a small study revealing that African-American kids in that area who suffer from asthma are nearly 20 times more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than kids who do not suffer from the condition. Vitamin D supplementation for kids may turn out to be an inexpensive means to prevent the development of asthma or reduce the severity in children.

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70% of US Children Have Low Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D deficiency, typical of very low levels that cause rickets and severe bone degeneration and weakness problems were found it about 9% of children. Insufficient levels of vitamin D were found in another 61%. These levels are associated with a wide variety of health problems including type 1 and 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, autism, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, cancer and many other health problems.

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Multiple Sclerosis Risk Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

In recent years, multiple studies have shown there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and contracting multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disorder that results in the body attacking the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells. Worldwide, more than 2.5 million people have MS. Vitamin D is created by the body due to exposure to sunlight. Epidemiological studies have shown that the higher the latitude, the higher the risk for MS. Higher latitudes receive less intense sunlight and often people spend more time indoors in cold weather, so it is not surprising that vitamin D production by the body is lower in these locations.

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