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and women require differ-
ent ideal levels of vitamin D.
It’s important to know your
current level to make sure
you’re maintaining therapeutic
amounts year-round. There are
several easy fixes to a vitamin
D deficiency, such as increas-
ing sunlight exposure and
adding more fish and fortified
dairy products to your diet.
• Blood Sugar
– Blood sugar is
sugar, in the form of glucose,
residing in the bloodstream.
It supplies energy to cells and
stabilizes the body. The prob-
lem is that while most doctors
administer this test, they don’t
mention the results unless your
score is elevated, at which
point you may have already
entered into a pre-diabetic
state. As a result, it’s important
to receive your baseline num-
ber and monitor accordingly
before any problems arise. To
keep blood sugar stable, eat
five to six small meals a day
or reduce mealtime portions
while adding in two daily
snack sessions.
• Sex Hormones
– Balanced
levels of sex hormones (testos-
terone, estrogen and progester-
one) are essential to physical
and emotional well-being.
Start monitoring at age 40 for
both sexes. Target levels vary
by age, sex and body type. If
your readings are slightly off,
sleep more, alternate stress
management techniques and
drink more water. Readings
that verge greatly from the
norm will warrant further in-
vestigation by a physician.
• Cortisol
– High stress, the hall-
mark of our fast-paced lives,
can lead to elevated levels of
the hormone, cortisol. Cortisol
affects the skeletal, circula-
tory, immune and nervous
systems as well as metabolism.
Ideal levels are low — six - 23
micrograms per deciliter (mcg/
dL) — while increased readings
manifest themselves through
weight gain, lack of energy and
decrease in bone density. To
keep cortisol in check, lower
stress through exercise, medi-
tation, going to bed early and
even listening to music.
There are many things we can’t
control in life. The one thing we can
control is how we choose to take
care of ourselves. Ensure you are
living up to your healthiest potential
by requesting these additional tests
at your next doctor’s visit.
Mark Macdonald, a
MonaVie nutrition and
fitness spokesperson,
is author of The New
York Times bestseller,
Body Confidence.
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