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Vitamin D Day – 2nd Nov 2014
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Nov 2nd 2014, is marked as the World Vitamin D day to recognize Vitamin D deficiency as a Global problem.
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Researchers agree that at least 1/3rd of the world population is deficient in Vitamin D.
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So why are so many people deficient you might ask? It’s simple – we get Vitamin D from Sun exposure and now more
than ever, the world’s population lives an indoor lifestyle, avoiding the sun daily.
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Helping Hand Foundation a city based NGO specializing in Medical & health for the undeprivledged along with ELBIT
Diagnostics & Radio City 91.1 have come together to mark the importance of this day by organizing a campaign to
educate & encourage people in Hyderabad about the importance of Vitamin D for our good health.
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A week long campaign is being organized wherein people will be encouraged to get their Vitamin D test done at a
special price of Rs 1250/- which includes free consultation with the doctor.
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The patients who have undergone test will be counselled and guided for improving & correcting there Vitamin D levels
during this week.
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The Vitamin D Council, USA of which Helping Hand Foundation is its member is providing all the technical support and
knowhow for this campaign.
So what is gone wrong with us?
 In last 100 years we have moved from the culture of working
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outdoors to indoors.
All the work we done were outdoors right from tiling the land, to
washing clothes and drying them.
Extended work indoors has resulted in massive depletion of
Vitamin D levels worldwide.
We have a disease treatment health care system, not one based
on prevention of disease.
There is very little or inadequate thought given to naturopathy in
order to take advantage of its resources for the health
optimization of the disease.
Thus leaving us with little choice but to lean only on the modern
medicine for prevention, cure and control of the disease.
Vitamin D – Therapeutic Intervention
 Helping Hand Foundation is also running an initiative for
the undeprivledged patients and is getting Serum Vitamin D3
test at a special rate with a reputed diagnostic centre and so far
the results are quiet alarming.
 Vitamin D testing facility is not available in any of the tertiary
government hospitals and the only option for the poor patients is
to get their test done at private diagnostics.
 Helping Hand foundation is also designed a unique Vitamin
D correction program wherein the patients are guided on how to
effectively get safe and adequate sunlight and in some cases
Vitamin D supplements to get their Vitamin D levels in
therapeutic ranges.
Vitamin D Deficiency – A Quick Analysis
Vitamin D – Learn More
Vitamin D comes from sun exposure, not your
diet.
 When you expose your skin to the sun, your body
makes vitamin D, lots of it. On the other hand, there
isn’t much vitamin D found in foods. This means that
getting enough vitamin D depends on getting
frequent and moderate sun exposure, not eating a
balanced diet
Vitamin D – Learn More
Scientists and doctors agree that at least a
third of the world is deficient in vitamin D.
 Some scientists think even a greater percentage are
deficient. This is because we live in an indoor society,
more so now than ever before in human history
Vitamin D – Learn More
If you don’t get frequent moderate sun exposure
or take a vitamin D supplement, you’re likely
deficient in vitamin D.
 Some people get tested for vitamin D by their doctors
and are shocked to find out they’re deficient. But unless
you get frequent moderate sun exposure or take a
supplement, it shouldn’t come as a surprise at all. These
are the only reliable ways to get the vitamin D your body
needs. While there is a little bit of vitamin D in fish and
fortified milk, there isn’t enough to make sure you’re
sufficient in vitamin D.
Vitamin D – Learn More
Moderate midday sun exposure is the best for
making vitamin D.
 In order to make vitamin D, the sun needs to be high
up in the sky, high enough so that your shadow is
shorter than you. If your shadow is longer than you,
the sun isn’t intense enough to help your body make
vitamin D. Midday sun exposure is best; this is when
the sun is high and your shadow is shorter than you
are.
Vitamin D – Learn More
Moderate midday sun exposure is the best for
making vitamin D.
 In order to make vitamin D, the sun needs to be high
up in the sky, high enough so that your shadow is
shorter than you. If your shadow is longer than you,
the sun isn’t intense enough to help your body make
vitamin D. Midday sun exposure is best; this is when
the sun is high and your shadow is shorter than you
are.
Vitamin D – Learn More
You don’t need to burn to make vitamin D.
 To make good amounts of vitamin D, you should
spend half the time out in the sun that it would take
for your skin to turn pink
Vitamin D – Learn More
Vitamin D is important for many things,
including your bones, heart, respiratory
system, brain, and likely cancer prevention.
 Scientists are still discovering the effects of vitamin
D on disease prevention, but researchers believe it
may play a central role in preventing autoimmune
diseases like multiple sclerosis and type I diabetes,
preventing cancers like breast and colon, and
keeping the heart healthy, by influencing muscle
function and hormones involved in heart health
Vitamin D the wonder Harmone
For Young Men/Women
For Old People
For Lifestyle Diseases
• Builds strong
Immunity
• More Vigour and
energy
• Major disease
prevention
intervention
• Helps fight depression ,
in somnia & other sleep
related problems in the
young.
• Improves pregnancy
outcomes in women
• Prevention from
Dementia and
Alzheimer's
• Promotes Bone health
• Healthy Aging and
Vitality
• Improves Sexual
Dysfunction
• Prevention of
Osteoporosis.
• Prevents Diabetes &
Cancer
• Improves outcomes for
Cancer as it acts like a
chemo agent.
• Helps Control
Diabetes, BP, Cardio
Vascular diseases
• Provides relief for
COPD and Asthma
• Relives Pain and stress
for Arthritis and
Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Helps build immunity
and reduce
inflammation in all
major diseases
Vitamin D – Facts & Myths
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MYTH: GETTING A LOT OF SUN EXPOSURE ONLY ON THE WEEKENDS IS GOOD SUN EXPOSURE
BEHAVIOR. It is important to get consistent, sensible sun exposure each day. Try to get 15-30 minutes of midday sun exposure
each day, instead of ‘catching up’ on the weekend with hours of unprotected exposure.
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MYTH: VITAMIN D IS ONLY IMPORTANT FOR BONE HEALTH. Vitamin D is important for your bones, but researchers
are discovering that vitamin D may play a role in almost every area of health.
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MYTH: YOU CAN PRODUCE VITAMIN D THROUGH SUNLIGHT THAT PASSES THROUGH A WINDOW. Things
like glass windows, air pollution, and clouds can block the rays from the sun that help make vitamin D in your skin.
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FACT: VITAMIN D PRODUCTION FROM THE SUN IS BEST AT MIDDAY. You should try and get sun exposure between
10:00 AM and 2:00 PM as this is the best time of day to make vitamin D from the sun. Remember, if your shadow is shorter than
you are tall, you are making vitamin D from the sun.
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FACT: THERE ISN’T ENOUGH VITAMIN D IN THE FOODS YOU EAT TO MEET YOUR DAILY NEEDS. While eating
a well-balanced diet is important for overall health, there is not enough vitamin D in most food sources to rely on diet alone for adequate intake.
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FACT: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BURN YOUR SKIN IN ORDER TO GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D FROM THE SUN. It
is possible to produce enough vitamin D for the day in as little as ten minutes, depending on various factors such as your skin type
and the amount of skin you expose. Generally, you only need to expose yourself to the sun for about half the time it takes for your
skin to turn pink. You do not want to get sunburn.
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FACT: SUNSHINE IS THE BEST, MOST NATURAL WAY TO GET THE VITAMIN D THAT YOU NEED. It is best to
first try and get safe, sensible sun exposure in order to get the vitamin D that you need. Only in situations where sun exposure isn’t
possible, such as working indoors on weekdays or during winter, should you look to use supplements or tanning beds.
Vitamin D – Facts & Myths
Am I getting enough vitamin D?
 Probably not! To be sufficient in vitamin D, you have to live a true outdoor
lifestyle or you have to supplement on a regular basis. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include:
 • Indoor lifestyle • living at high-latitudes during the winter • too much
clothing • use of sunscreen • darker skin • obesity • older age• bone
health • cardiovascular health • cancer protection • the nervous system •
immunity • mental health
Think you’re deficient in vitamin D?
 Take action! Here are some suggestions: ◦ Expose yourself. Go get some full
body sun exposure! Your body can produce about 10,000 IU of vitamin D
in just a half hour. But make sure most of your skin is exposed and that it’s
close to high noon. Use caution and sensibility and avoid getting sun
burned. Get tested and find out if you’re deficient. Talk to your doctor or
order a test online. The test for vita- min D is a 25(OH) D. The Endocrine
Society recommends levels between 30-60 ng/ml.
Safe Sun light – Guidelines
Safe Sunlight Exposure – Do & Don'ts
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The darker the skin pigmentation the more the time body will take to make Vit D.
Add at a minimum 15 mins under each of the above categories of age if you are darkly pigmented
Face and eyes to be covered – preferably use cap
Best time for Sun Light exposure is Solar Noon ( 10 am to 2pm IST) – remember the thumb rule
your shadow should be shorter than yourself.
DONOT TAKE SHOWER IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKING SUN EXPOSURE
IT TAKES 48 HRS FOR THE BODY TO ABSORB VIT D – SO AVOID WASHING WITH SOAP THE AREAS
EXPOSED TO SUNLIGHT.
Do not expose the face as the skin on the face is not good at converting sunlight to Vit D
Do not apply sun screen as it will obstruct the valuable UVB rays that make Vit D for you
Sun screen do not protect you from UVA which is the more harmful form of Sun light which can
potentially cause Cancer.
You can also take Vit D supplements to enhance your Vit D levels – Consult your physician for the
same
Monitor your serum Vit D 3 level periodically and keep your physician informed.
Vitamin D – Educate and participate
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If you can get out in the sun, take a midday walk or eat your lunch outside
(between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM) and expose your legs, face and arms to the
sun for a safe, sensible amount of time
Pledge to support and spread the Vitamin D Day message
If you can get out in the sun, plan activities with your friends, such as tennis, or
by yourself, such as reading a book, outside at midday
If you can get out in the sun, plan a picnic, take a bike ride, or go on a hike with
your family and get safe sun exposure.
If you can go out in the sun, teach your students about their shadow. If it is
shorter than they are tall, then they are making vitamin D from the sun
If you can go out in the sun, plan a class picnic or encourage students to eat
their lunch outside
Share what you and your students did on Vitamin D Day through social media
using #VitaminD Day

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