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How To Prevent Leaks And Dribbles Down There with D3

Monday, January 16, 2012

A marvelous article by Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Topping off the growing stack of great stuff that vitamin D-3 does for you is this good news: Keeping your levels up dramatically lowers your risk for PDQ (Pee Doesn't Quit).

Medically, it's called urinary incontinence. You probably call it "Oh no." Turns out there's one thing many of the 10 million women struggling with it share: low levels of D-3. It makes them (you?) a whopping 170 percent more likely to leak than those with a healthy level of D-3. Why? The vitamin may help muscle tone in your sphincter, the muscle that stops dribbles. (By the way, men leak, too; it's just a better-kept secret. We don't know yet whether low D affects guys.)

The Department of Defense should be so lucky as to have such a simple way to prevent leaks.

How to be sure you're not D-ficient? A simple blood test. We like to see D-3 levels between 50 and 80. If you're low (up to 75 percent of folks are, especially in winter), take 1,000 IU of D-3 a day; 1,200 after age 60. Include what's in your multivitamin and combo calcium-D-3-magnesium pill. Don't go over 2,000 IU unless your doc says to. Too much can harm bones and kidneys.

Also, take 900 mg of DHA omega-3s daily. These healthy fats help you absorb vitamin D-3 (and do good things for your heart and brain). However, it's not easy to get enough DHA from food.

Bonus: While helping to keep you dry (what a relief), D-3 also protects you against asthma, dementia and the flu!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MRSJERRYBUSH 1/17/2012 1:39PM

    Is D3 only obtained thru supplements?

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MNLEONA 1/17/2012 8:35AM

    I did not notice any difference but I will pay attention. Thanks.

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GRANDMA624 1/17/2012 5:53AM

  Thanks for a great article. My Dr. recently put me on a prescription for Vit-D.

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GRAMMAP1 1/16/2012 10:28PM

    Between SP requiring 8 glasses of water and taking Lasix; the D3 doesn't work for me. It is a nasty combination! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYB73 1/16/2012 2:13PM

    Thank you. I take D3 daily,but haven't noticed any difference. What would I be like without it?

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TRISH579 1/16/2012 1:26PM

    What about sunlight?

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CJSARGENT1 1/16/2012 12:33PM

    How great is this vitamin

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GGMFAY 1/16/2012 10:09AM

    WoW! Now that is great information for many of us and is good to share. Thank you!

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ALICERIEGER 1/16/2012 9:57AM

    Great info! Thanks for sharing

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TINY67 1/16/2012 6:49AM

    I'll pass it on.

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ANYVAR54 1/16/2012 4:11AM

    Thanks, I am taking vitamin d3, but didn't know it would help this.

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NAYPOOIE 1/16/2012 3:24AM

    PDQ! Love it!

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NADJAZZ 1/16/2012 1:54AM

    I had no idea that was one of the benefits of D-3! I have been tested low for it, so I need to take my supplement daily. Thanks for the reminder!

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