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 blood work as we move through menopause.
But for a generation of women who are very different from our mother’s generation and who have a lot going on in their lives, I suggest that you try to get your levels tested if you can. As the seasons change, we all need a reminder about this powerful vitamin, which researchers now know is a ‘hormone’. It’s role in re-balancing the HPA-Thyroid axis is crucial. (Ashok, Palyam et al, 2022).
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 in it I talk about the importance of getting your Vitamin D levels checked. Those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are heading into your winter months, hence a reminder for you.
Many of you may also work indoors or you are on shift-work and these days many of you may even do your workouts indoors too, so it helps to have your levels of Vitamin D checked .
We also need some of this sunshine vitamin directly on our skin, so over the weekend, no matter where you live in the world, get outside if you can, even for a few minutes. Not only will this boost your Vitamin D levels, but it will help your moods, your temperature regulation and that precious 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.
Ashok T, Palyam V, Azam A T, et al. (2022) Relationship Between Vitamin D and Thyroid: An Enigma. Cureus 14(1), 1-14.