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The Sunshine Vitamin: Benefits of Vitamin D3

For a long time vitamin D3 was simply regarded as the anti-rickets and bone-health vitamin. Because it was originally labeled as a vitamin, it was seemingly unimportant. 

Over the past decade scientific research has been realizing its importance in preventing a number of health problems.  It is now properly recognized as a prohormone that is essential to life. 

Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble prohormone that is vital for the effective absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus needed for the development and maintenance of healthy bone and teeth formation. It is also an integral component in the prevention of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

The benefits of Vitamin D3 go far beyond bone health. Deficiency of Vitamin D3 is linked to autoimmune dysfunction, cancer, heart disease, neurologic disorders, and even multiple sclerosis. It has been stated that Vitamin D3 may be the single most important supplement we can take for optimal health. Vitamin D3 can be synthesized by your body with 40 percent of your skin exposed to sunshine for 15 to 20 minutes a day. This is unlikely today due to the increased risk of skin cancer and the effects the sun has on the aging population.  Tanning beds do not provide the needed UV-B rays that assist in the production of Vitamin D3.

Although foods have been enriched with Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) , consuming these foods have not increased the levels of Vitamin D3 in the blood.  Foods high in Vitamin D3 a are salmon, mackerel, sardines, and oysters, egg yolks, and beef liver. However, many of these foods are not consumed in large enough qualities to effectively increase levels of Vitamin D3. The recommended levels are anywhere from 35 to 80 Ng/m for this prohormone to perform its role in the body.

The best way to obtain optimal levels of Vitamin D3 is through supplements.  The current recommendation ranges from 800 to 5000 units per day to be taken with a fatty meal for better absorption. However, before self-prescribing Vitamin D3, it is advised that you have your levels checked.  Take a proactive approach and ask your health care provider for a blood test to check your vitamin D serum levels on your next office visit.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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