We’ve been talking a lot about Vitamin D production and absorption in my private coaching community this week. There’s been some interesting insights about the additional cost of it here in New Zealand and the fact that in the United Kingdom, Vitamin D is not added (fortified) to milk, as it is here in New Zealand.
The role of Vitamin D on women’s menopause symptoms is controversial. For every study that says that there is a correlation between low vitamin D and symptoms such as nerve pain, muscle aches and pains and of course, osteopenia (changes to bone mineral content that eventually may lead to osteoporosis), there are other studies that suggest that there is no correlation. That’s why Doctors tend not to test for it as part of our menopause blood work.
But for a generation of women who are used to staying active, I suggest that you do get it tested if you can. Vitamin D is necessary for the maintenance of the structural inttegrity and function of your musculo-skeletal system and deficiency is known to result in impaired bone strength and muscle activation. It’s no surprise then, that fibromyalgia (a condition characterized by muscular or musculoskeletal pain with stiffness and localized tenderness at specific points on the body) is a disorder that manifests in numerous midlife women. (Arout et al, 2018).
This week I made you a little video to watch when you have time and talk about the importance of getting your Vitamin D levels checked. It’s winter down-under and many of you also work indoors and of course, with modern fitness industry, these days you may even do your workouts indoors too. But we do need some of this sunshine vitamin, so over the weekend, no matter where you live in the world, get outside if you can. Not only will this help your moods, but also your temperature regulation and sleep as well.
Arout, C., Sofuoglu, M., Bastian, L., & Rosenheck, R. (2018). Gender Differences in the Prevalence of Fibromyalgia and in Concomitant Medical and Psychiatric Disorders: A National Veterans Health Administration Study. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 27(8): 1035–1044.