Patients often ask me what vitamins I recommend. In the winter, given the reduction in amount of exposure to sunlight, Vitamin D deficiency is very common. Vitamin D is important in many ways. Vitamin D helps maintain bone density and healthy bone growth. It is crucially important in aiding the body’s absorption of calcium. Without sufficient vitamin D, calcium supplements are almost useless. Vitamin D insufficiency is a contributing factor of osteoporosis, as calcium absorption cannot be maximized. It has also been found that having a higher intake of vitamin D can help lower certain cancer risks, such as breast, prostate and colorectal cancer. So please get your dose of Vitamin D daily. The usual dose of Vitamin D is 800-1000 IU per day, especially for post-menopausal women or those with limited sun exposure. If you have any questions, please book an appointment and come see me.

Dr. B Chan