What Dose of Vitamin D is Needed and What Dose is Excessive?

What Dose of Vitamin D is Needed and What Dose is Excessive?

Pregnant women with Vitamin D deficiency may have complications in pregnancy that extend to the offspring. Systems involved include bone, immune system as well as general health. What remains unclear is how low is to low and how high is adequate supplementation. Many patients ask what dose of Vitamin D is needed and what dose […]

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Vitamin D Levels May Reduce the Risk of Miscarriage

Vitamin D Levels May Reduce the Risk of Miscarriage

A recent study published in the Lancet suggests that Vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of miscarriage in women who have already had a miscarriage. In this prospective cohort study, investigators followed 1191 women who were trying to conceive and had at least one prior loss. At baseline, 47% of women had adequate Vitamin […]

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Women With Low Vitamin D May Experience Less Success With IVF

Women With Low Vitamin D IVF

A recent study published in Human Reproduction suggests that women with low vitamin D may experience less success with IVF than women with normal vitamin D levels. The findings came from a meta-analysis of 11 previously published studies including 2,700 women. Women with normal vitamin D levels were found to be 46% more likely to […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency Knows No Boundaries

Vitamin D Deficiency

It seems the Vitamin D deficiency knows no boundaries – racial, ethnic or geographic. One of the roles of Vitamin D in our cells is to be involved in Calcium regulation. Calcium-Vitamin D can be gatekeepers in intricate molecular pathways that turn on and turn off important processes. It can be compared to a Rube Goldberg […]

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How Does Vitamin D Affect Reproductive Health?

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Sunlight is the best and only natural source of Vitamin D. It is the way your body intended you to make it. Unfortunately, depending upon your work schedule, the season of the year and where you live, natural sunlight is not always a given. Vitamin D supplements are therefore suggested for many because Vitamin D […]

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Inadequate Levels of Vitamin D May Increase the Risk of Uterine Fibroids

Vitamin D has many beneficial effects on reproduction. Previous blog entries have reported on published studies regarding the beneficial effects of Vitamin D in improving oocyte quality, embryo development and pregnancy success. Now researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have reported in EPIDEMIOLOGY May 2013-Volume 24-Issue 3-p447-453 that inadequate levels of Vitamin […]

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Can Vitamin D Before Pregnancy Protect The Health Of My Baby In The Future?

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Much attention has been garnered in the exploration of the role of Vitamin D and its metabolites in both health and fertility. Can Vitamin D before pregnancy protect the health of my baby in the future? Women preparing for pregnancy religiously monitor their health and food intake and commit themselves to daily regimens of vitamins, […]

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Weight Management for Health and Fertility

Weight management is important when trying to become pregnant.  The best chance of success occurs in women of ideal body weight, which is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 20-28.BMI is a function of height and weight which for example for a woman 5 feet 5 inches tall would be a weight between 120 to 165 pounds. Calorie consumption and expenditure is critical for […]

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Improving Fertility Through Nutritional Medicine

When a women’s body is preparing for pregnancy there is an increased need for certain vitamins and minerals so the ovary will ovulate a mature egg that can be fertilized.  The “healthier” the egg the better the chance of making a healthy baby. The nutrients in your blood enrich the granulosa cells that surround and […]

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Vitamin D: The "Sunshine" Vitamin

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Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin gets another look. Vitamin D is known to promote bone and heart health. It may provide benefit in boosting the immune system and lowering risks of certain cancers. Until recently, there have been few studies examining the effects of Vitamin D on reproductive health. Most of what is known regarding […]

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