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Breathe Easier with Vitamin D

photo of foods rich in vitamin D | Johns Creek Family MedicineFor the most part, Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is only present in a few foods or as a dietary supplement. As well, the vitamin supports calcium absorption in the stomach and maintains sufficient phosphate and serum calcium that allow normal mineralization of bone. In turn, it is necessary for bone remodeling and growth. In fact, without proper Vitamins, the bones become brittle, thin and distorted. Moreover, taken with calcium, D vitamins can help prevent osteoporosis in older adults.

Other Major Benefits

Vitamin D offers other benefits such as immune and neuromuscular function, balancing your body’s phosphorus and reducing inflammation. In fact, recent studies claim that D vitamin may help you breathe easier. According to Science News, physicians in New Zealand have discovered that Vitamin D may help improve lung function. Their studies show that getting sufficient Vitamin D does not help prevent COPD. The research also states that Vitamin D may assist people with or without lung problems so that they can breathe deeper and easier.
Additionally, studies at the Emory University School of Medicine in conjunction with the Atlanta VA Medical Center found many concrete associations between chronic lung diseases and sufficient D vitamins. the research included many patients with a history of reduced lung function that resulted in chronic upper respiratory infections, asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis. In fact, the researchers concluded that there is substantial evidence that connects Vitamin D as an element linked numerous chronic lung diseases.

Breathing Trouble

Struggling to breathe can be a temporary condition. It can be caused by numerous factors such short-term illness, allergies or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Likewise, Vitamin deficiency can cause numerous symptoms.
In truth, Vitamin D deficiency can cause:

  • Accelerated aging
  • Mood conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • A resistance to insulin
  • Higher risk of cancer
  • Brittle teeth and bones
  • Chronic pain and tiredness
  • Lowered immune system
  • Neurodegenerative disease

Furthermore, D vitamin deficiency can cause numerous symptoms. In fact, a deficiency can be very serious. So remember, if you difficulty breathing at any time, it is always best to consult with a professional. That way you can exclude serious causes and define the amount of Vitamin D you actually need.

Johns Creek Family Medicine

Anytime you suspect that you have a Vitamin D deficiency, seek professional advice as soon as possible. Plus, at a specialized facility such as Johns Creek Family Medicine you can have certain tests done to determine the amount of Vitamin D your body is getting.
At Johns Creek Family Medicine, Dr. Charkawi provides a wide range of services that includes preventive, chronic and acute medical care. As well, Johns Creek Family Medicine offers other preventative care like health-risk assessments, screening tests, routine checkups, personalized counseling and health-risk assessments to support a healthy lifestyle.
And for your convenience, Johns Creek Family Practice is located near McGinnis Ferry Road and the Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141) intersections. The intersection is right across from Emory Johns Creek Hospital on Hospital Parkway.
Dr. Charkawi is also accepting new patients from North Fulton, Gwinnett and South Forsyth counties. As well, new patients are accepted in the surrounding North Atlanta areas such as Duluth, Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Cumming, Roswell and other areas.

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