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Are You Ready for the Darkest Day of the Year?

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  • December/January is an ideal time to test your vitamin D level, to establish your annual low. For optimal health and disease prevention, a level between 60 and 80 ng/mL appears to be ideal
  • Having a vitamin D level below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) may raise your risk for depression by as much as 85 percent, compared to having a vitamin D level greater than 30 ng/mL
  • Research suggests women with a vitamin D level above 60 ng/mL have an 83 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those with levels below 20 ng/mL
  • Vitamin D sufficiency may also lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 60 percent. People with a median vitamin D level of 41 ng/mL have a diabetes rate of 3.7 per 1,000, while those with a median serum level of 22 ng/mL have a diabetes rate of 9.3 per 1,000
  • Up to 59 percent of preterm births — which are responsible for 28 percent of newborn deaths during the first month of life — could be prevented simply by raising pregnant women’s vitamin D to a level of 40 ng/mL

By Dr. Mercola

Wintertime is commonly a time when darker moods tend to creep in; a phenomenon linked to a decline in sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects an estimated 6 percent of the U.S. population, while a milder form, known as the "winter blues," affects about 14 percent. As noted in the Evening Standard:


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