If you don’t know much about the benefits of Vitamin D, or the negative health effects of not getting enough vitamin D, you may be putting your health at extreme risk! Unfortunately, recent research shows that most U.S. adults don’t know the “essentials” on this super-vitamin. Are you one of them?
Although vitamin D has always been touted as one of the vitamins that is crucial to good health, many adults seem to ignore this vitamin. Deficiency in vitamin D consumption can have serious consequences . . . even leading to severe health conditions. According to NMI (National Marketing Institute) research, approximately 20% of US adults believe their diet to be vitamin D deficient; only 1 in 5 adults use supplemental Vitamin D apart from a multivitamin.
Also according to the NMI research, 36% of adults surveyed had no knowledge of any benefits to be derived from vitamin D use. A whopping 53% of those in the age group 18-29 were even less likely to know of any benefits derived from vitamin D consumption.That’s just a bit scary.
Perhaps the medical profession would be well advised to dispense more information to consumers about the benefits of vitamin D in order to increase awareness of its benefits. Vitamin D users, in comparison to the rest of the population, are more wishful that their physicians provided more information about vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements overall. Of those adults surveyed, particular supplements were doctor recommended to about one-fourth of the consumers; of those only 12% were suggested vitamin D supplements by their physician. Even though these rates are abysmal, rates are up from the previous year.
The average age of those taking vitamin D as a supplement is 53 years of age. Older consumers may have a better understanding than younger consumers about the relationship between vitamin D and particular health conditions such as bone integrity as reflected in higher rates of vitamin D supplement consumption in older users. Vitamin D supplement users tend more towards managing ailments rather than preventing them when contrasted with the general populace.
Those who use vitamin D rated highly for:
- Managing arthritis and joint pain
- Digestive problems
- Heart conditions
- Realizing the need for boosting immunity
Most of the conditions listed above are known to benefit from vitamin D supplements.How do Vitamin D supplements help the user?
Vitamin D supplements offer the user the following benefits:
- Assists in the prevention of premature death due to cardiovascular disease
- Assists those with restricted mobility
- Cancer prevention
- Alleviate chronic pain
- Alleviate symptoms of arthritis
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
Fears of aging often center around the conditions listed above; all of which vitamin D has been shown to provide benefit to the consumer in supplemental form. The current economic conditions have only fueled consumer worries as they search for alternatives methods of healthy aging to avoid costly medical costs, physician visits and expensive prescription drugs.
One way to give some feeling of control to the consumer as well as presenting them with an affordable alternative to dissipate their fears relating to unhealthy aging is to educate the consumer population about the importance and benefits of adequate vitamin D consumption.
Vitamin D helps with healthy aging and keeping the bones strong. In this case it is not what you do, but what you don’t do that can hurt you in the long run.