Vitamin D in gynecological practice
In the last two decades the former Vitamin D for bone has become the powerful solar hormone. This development was accompanied by several shifts of paradigm: I) It is not a vitamin, which we have to eat, but a hormone that we can produce ourselves in our skin by using the UVB radia-tion of the sun. II) Almost all cells are equipped with receptors for this hormone. III) In conclusion the solar hormone is not only taking care of our bone metabolism but also looking after quite a lot of additional metabolic processes in our body. IV) Vitamin D is part of the Barker hypothesis about the origin of chronic diseases and the epigenetic regulation of our cells. V) By these properties the solar hormone is involved in the origin and development of almost all chronic diseases. VI) Recent studies document that not only babies but almost all people are due to their lifestyle suffering from a lack of Vitamin D – especially during winter time. VII) Vitamin D deficiency is linked not only to our health but also to the costs in our healthcare system. With regard to all these aspects the attention which is paid to vitamin D does not represent a short hype but instead the solar hormone offers a big chance to overcome chronic diseases at least in part. According to its central position in the healthcare system gynecology carries a special responsibility for this development.
CME Prakt Fortbild Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2018; 14(1): 14–34
Vitamin D, pregnancy, gynecology, immune system,
Akademie für menschliche Medizin GmbH, Schlangenbad
Reviewer: Florian Barvencik, Hamburg,
und Volker Ziller, Marburg
Spitz J. Vitamin D ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2018; 14(1): 14–34 publiziert 31.3.2018 www.akademos.de/gyn ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2018 ISSN 1614-8533