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Posted on 08-11-2017
I can’t fix everything. Most of my patients with chronic headaches experience relief with treatment. Despite our best efforts, some still have headaches. A study published this week (see the link below) noted that vitamin D deficiency is linked to a higher risk of headaches.
If you have headaches, ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels. Pay no attention to the lab normal. The old normal was more than 30 nmol/L. They have come out with a new normal that is 20 nmol/L. Results from the study say you should be shooting for a number above 40 nmol/L.
There are also several studies which say that vitamin D3 supplements work well to increase your blood levels, and vitamin D2 does not. What this means for you; get the vitamin D3 from your health food store, or your chiropractor. If you get a prescription from your doctor, it will be vitamin D2. That is the one that doesn’t work. (Yes, crazy but true.)
Stay healthy my friend,
Alan R. Jacobs, MD
“In those with frequent headache, the average serum vitamin D concentration was 38.3 nmol/L; while in those without frequent headache, the average vitamin D concentration was 43.9 nmol/L.
Those in the lowest serum vitamin D quartile had 113% higher odds for frequent headache compared with those in the highest quartile.
The authors concluded that low serum vitamin D concentrations are associated with a markedly higher risk for frequent headaches in men.”
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