I was at the gym this morning on the treadmill when a woman that was a friend of my friend that was on the treadmill next to me came in. She had a cane and I discovered that she had just had a knee implant. It seems that she had a minor injury some 15 years ago and her knee continued to get worse until there was apparently no cartilage left.
I did not ask her age, but she appeared to be about 40 years old. She had dark skin which is a real problem for vitamin D deficiency. From the material that I have read it appears that about 80 percent of the population with light colored skin are deficient and 99 percent of people with dark skin are deficient. Here is an article today from the Visit Bulgaria website. It is a worldwide problem.
Of course the problem with dark skin is that the melanin content of the skin slows the rate of production of vitamin D3. This means that to get the same amount of vitamin D a dark skin person may need to stay in the sun 2 to 10 longer than a person with light skin depending on skin pigmentation amount.
If this lady had been treated with vitamin D when she first had the injury and educated in how much she needed to heal her knee, she would not have to had the replacement. It is difficult to imagine the amount of pain and the pain that she continues to have.
This first came to my attention with my neighbor that was an athlete and played baseball for a local college. He would have made it in the pros but it seems that he had a problem in hitting the curve ball. He had to have knee surgery when he was in his twenties. His doctor told him that he should not run. He loved the sun and spent as much time as he could in the sun with his shirt off. He ignored his doctor and continued to run. Later he had his knee imaged and discovered that the cartilage had regenerated. Sun and exercise seem to be the magic formula for him as the sun gave him vitamin D and the exercise allowed the flow of fluids to his knee.
Think about the list of diseases that you have read from a prior post and we see this ever day with friends and acquaintances that we meet. Pain from diseases are debilitating and life destroying. It truly grieves my heart.
To think that there truly is a relative simple solution of keeping the vitamin D level up is tragic.
GO INTO THE SUN AND SUPPLEMENT!!!!!!!!!!! – Pandemic Survivor