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Recent Research Reports in the Archive Implicating Low Vitamin D in a Host of Common Health Problems

  [ 34 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ] • August 5, 2009

Recent evidence points to possible connections between low levels of vitamin D and most mood disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a variety of cancers, vertebral fractures, influenza epidemics & more.

See for example:

Low Vitamin D Linked to Significantly More Colds & Flu in National Study
"The findings of our study - the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections such as colds and the flu." – Archives of Internal Medicine

Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective
"Raising the minimum year-around serum vitamin D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL of 25(OH)D would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year" in the US and canada, and substantially lower the incidence of other cancers. – Annals of Epidemiology

Vitamin D and Chronic Widespread Pain in Women
Health tracking of a middle-aged population born the same week in the UK found women with lower serum vitamin D were 57% more likely to have chronic widespread pain. – Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Vitamin D and Mood Disorders Among Women
Review of significant studies consistently shows association between low vitamin D levels and higher incidences of four mood disorders – premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, non-specified mood disorder, and major depressive disorder. – Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Diabetes and the Vitamin D Connection
Vitamin D is a potent immunomodulator that also enhances the production and secretion of several hormones, including insulin. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risk of type 1 diabetes. – Boston University

Vitamin D Protects Cells from Free Radical Stress That Can Lead to Cancer
"Our findings… demonstrate that vitamin D not only can be used as a therapy for prostate cancer, it can prevent prostate cancer from happening." – University of Rochester

Vitamin D Stymies Colon Cancer Cells in Two Ways
A colon cancer cell isn't a lost cause. Vitamin D can tame the rogue cell by adjusting everything from its gene expression to its cytoskeleton. – Rockefeller University

Researchers Show Link Between Vitamin D Status, Breast Cancer
Using newly available data on worldwide cancer incidence, researchers have shown a clear association between deficiency in exposure to sunlight, specifically ultraviolet B (UVB), and breast cancer. – University of California, San Diego

Vitamin D Deficiency and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with incident cardiovascular disease - Harvard Medical School

Lack of Vitamin D Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
A majority of Parkinson's disease patients had insufficient levels of vitamin D in a new study from Emory University School of Medicine. - Emory University

Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Increased Overall Risk of Death
Individuals with low levels of vitamin D appear to have a higher risk of death from all causes, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. - American Medical Association

New Guidelines Double Recommended Daily Amount of Vitamin D to 400 IU for Young People
"We are doubling the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day because evidence has shown this could have life-long health benefits." – American Academy of Pediatrics

Sun, Vitamin D Linked to Reduced Risk of Multiple Sclerosis
Women who took vitamin D supplements of at least 400 IU per day reduced their risk of developing MS by as much as 40%. – Oxford University

Vitamin D Endocrine System Essential for Good Health
Research has shown that steroid hormone 1alpha,25(OH)2D3 initiates the physiologic responses of 36 or more cell types. – University of California, Riverside

Vitamin D and Rehabilitation: Improving Functional Outcomes
Identification and treatment of vitamin D deficiency reduces the risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures by improving bone health and musculoskeletal function. – Boston University

Preliminary Data About Influence of Vitamin D Status on Loss of Body Fat
The present results suggest that women with a better vitamin D status respond more positively to hypocaloric diets and lose more body fat. – British Journal of Nutrition

Hypovitaminosis D Among Rheumatology Outpatients in Clinical Practice
Substantially reduced levels of serum 25OHD were identified among patients with inflammatory arthritis and chronic pain. – University of Cambridge

Note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is generic and is not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any illness, condition or disease. It is very important that you make no change in your healthcare plan or health support regimen without researching and discussing it in collaboration with your professional healthcare team.

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Vitamin D
Posted by: stan1508
Sep 19, 2009
1. There is evidence that low vitamin D in ilnesses listed above may be one of the results not one of the causes. 2. Common tests of vit. D level measure just wrong metabolites of D in the body and lead to wrong conclusions. 3. Also there is evidence that vit. D supplementation suppresses innate immune system. Guess the consequences.
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