Dr. Torres Reports On Effectiveness Of Vitamin D Supplements | NBC Nightly News


TORRES HAS DETAILS.
>>Reporter: HEATHER
GILLIS SPENDING MORE TIME OUTDOORS THESE
DAYS.
SHE SAYS SHE NEEDS THE SUNSHINE, A VITAL
SOURCE OF VITAMIN D
AND SHE STARTED TAKING SUPPLEMENTS.
SHE WAS FEELING WEAK
AND A RECENT BLOOD TEST REVEALED A
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY.
>>I STARTED TO FEEL REALLY RUN DOWN, VERY
LETHARGIC.
I JUST SORT OF LACKED THE ENERGY I USUALLY
HAVE.
>>Reporter: MORE THAN 80 MILLION AMERICANS
TAKE VITAMIN D
SUPPLEMENTS. THEY ARE PROVEN TO
PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
WHICH HEATHER DOES NOT HAVE BUT DOCTORS SAY
VITAMIN D’S ROLE IN
HELPING CURE OTHER AILMENTS IS STILL NOT
CLEAR.
>>IT CERTAINLY WORKS FOR BONES.
THERE IS NO QUESTION
IT’S CRITICAL TO PROTECT YOU AGAINST
OSTEOPOROSIS
FRACTURES. THE ROLE IN THE
PREVENTION OF CANCERS
OR HEART DISEASE IS STILL BEING EXPLORED.
>>Reporter: ANOTHER
CONCERN, RATES OF TESTING FOR A VITAMIN
D DEFICIENCY IS
SKYROCKETING. DOCTORS SAY RESULTS
MAY LEAD TO THE
UNNECESSARY USE OF VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS.
>>TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE
GETTING TESTED TOO FREQUENTLY.
I THINK IT IS
REASONABLE IF YOU ARE IN YOUR 40s TO HAVE
ONE TEST TO VERIFY
THAT YOU’RE OKAY. >>Reporter: WHO
SHOULD BE TESTED?
GENERALLY PEOPLE WITH DARKER SKIN, THOSE AT
RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
AND THOSE WITH DIGESTIVE DISORDERS.
HEATHER IS MAKING
HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CHOICES TO ADD VITAMIN
D IN HER DIET THROUGH
FOODS LIKE OILY FISH, FORTIFIED CEREALS,
MILK AND JUICE.
>>THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS YOU HAVE TO
THINK ABOUT TO BE A
COMPLETE PERSON. >>THIS FALLS IN THE
CATEGORY OF THINGS WE
THOUGHT WE KNEW. WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE
ABOUT VITAMIN D?
>>IF YOU’RE TAKING VITAMIN D TO PREVENT
OSTEOPOROSIS THAT
WORKS. IF YOU ARE TAKING IT
FOR HEART DISEASE,
CANCER OR

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