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Study examines vitamin D deficiency and cognition relationship
Apr 16, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment are common in older adults, but there isn't a lot of conclusive research into whether there's a relationship between the two.

A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published online ahead of print this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society enhances the existing literature on the subject.

"This study provides increasing evidence that suggests there is an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time," said lead author Valerie Wilson, M.D., assistant professor of geriatrics at Wake Forest Baptist. "Although this study cannot establish a direct cause and effect relationship, it would have a huge public health implication if vitamin D supplementation could be shown to improve cognitive performance over time because deficiency is so common in the population."

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Vitamin D deficiency contributes to poor mobility among severely obese people
Apr 16, 2014

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

The study found severely obese people who also were D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

Severe obesity occurs when a person's body mass index (BMI) exceeds 40. About 6.5 percent of American adults are severely obese.

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Health: Study shows 4 million Australians deficient in Vitamin-D
Apr 16, 2014

Almost 4 million Australians are not getting enough vitamin D, data released by the Bureau of Statistics shows.

In the most wide-ranging survey of the nutrient to date, researchers found that levels of the vitamin varied wildly between seasons. Deficiency rates soared to almost 50 per cent for those living in Victoria and the ACT during winter.

Specialists say this is a warning that people are limiting their exposure to the sun by spending too much time indoors, thereby increasing their risk of poor bone health and chronic disease due to poor levels of the vitamin.

Getting outside: More than 1.1 million people had moderate to severe deficiency in vitamin D.

''It's a real problem which alerts the population that we shouldn't dismiss it,'' Rebecca Mason, a professor of physiology at the University of Sydney's Bosch Institute, said.

She said Australians needed at least 10 minutes of exposure to the sun on the arms during mid-morning or afternoon in summer to receive adequate vitamin D, which is absorbed through the sun's ultraviolet-B rays.

''We are spending far too much time indoors watching television and using technology,'' Professor Mason said. ''We're just not getting out there enough - with or without sunscreen.''

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Low vitamin D linked to fatty liver disease in UK children
Apr 14, 2014

London, UK, Saturday 12 April 2014: A UK study[i] investigating the link between low vitamin D status and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in British children has identified a genetic variant associated with the disease's severity.

The research, conducted by the King's College Hospital Paediatric Liver Centre and the University of Surrey's School of Biosciences and Medicine, and funded by the Children's Liver Disease Foundation retrospectively analysed the medical records of 120 paediatric patients with NAFLD.

The findings could carry significant implications for UK clinicians in light of the nation's rising number of childhood NAFLD cases. High levels of vitamin D deficiency and increasing numbers of rickets cases are thought to be due to the obesity epidemic, more children increasingly choosing to play indoors rather than outside and the excessive use of sun-creams.

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Vitamin D and female fertility
Apr 14, 2014

SUMMARY:

In women undergoing in-vitro fertilization, a sufficient vitamin D level (≥30 ng/ml) should be obtained. Vitamin D supplementation might improve metabolic parameters in women with PCOS. A high vitamin D intake might be protective against endometriosis.
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Vitamin D and chronic disease prevention
Apr 11, 2014

We are amazed that editors of the BMJ are advising not to supplement vitamin D to those who are apparently deficient.[1] They concluded this from the umbrella review of Theodoratou et al.[2]: “To improve health and prevent chronic disease, we should stick to what is proven: encourage better lifestyles in general and target established risk factors in people at elevated risk.”.[1] However, Theodoratou et al.[2] used such stringent criteria for risk of bias, we believe that once these criteria are applied on research on ‘proven’ healthy lifestyle factors, also these relationships will be refuted. Publication bias exists over the entire scope of scientific data.

 

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Events  
World Vitamin D Day
Nov 02, 2014        

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Books  

Susan Rex Ryan
Defend Your Life

Defend Your Life has three main sections. The first addresses the fundamentals of vitamin D3 and its awesome benefits as well as minimal risk. The second highlights select diseases and conditions about which vitamin D3 may offer protection. The third includes the author's personal vitamin D3 story, including her theory about adequate vitamin D3 levels and how you can 'Defend Your Life'.

Reading this book will help you understand how adequate amounts of vitamin D3 are essential to enhancing your quality of life.


Ian Wishart
Vitamin D: Is This the Miracle Vitamin?

In this compelling new book,award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author Ian Wishart brings together the most up to date science on vitamin D and how it could well save your life. Cancer? Up to a 77% reduction in risk of developing it if you take this vitamin. Heart disease? The same kind of reduction. Did you know that autism, mental illness and multiple sclerosis all appear to be caused by a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy?

The lives of every single person, including you, will be affected by the information in this book. With more than 300 scientific trials and studies cited, this book is a reference guide not just for the general reader but for medical professionals alike.


John J. Cannell, MD
Athlete's Edge - Faster, Quicker, Stronger with vitamin D

John Cannell, founder and executive director of the Vitamin D Council, provides a new perspective on the vitamin D story revealing a long-held secret once known only to Eastern European athletic trainers.

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, improves muscle tone, muscle strength, balance, reaction time and physical endurance, as well as immunity and general health. In addition, ideal levels of vitamin D help protect you from a staggering array of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, autism and even influenza.


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PRESS RELEASES
 
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Higher Vitamin D Does Not Raise the Risk for Kidney Stones

The Vitamin D Society wants to make the public aware of a recent study which reported that high levels of vitamin D had a lower risk of kidney stones.

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) November 29, 2013

The Vitamin D Society wants to make the public aware of a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, which reported that study participants with the highest vitamin D blood serum levels actually had a lower incidence of kidney stones(1). These results show that higher vitamin D intake cannot be a substantial cause of kidney stones because as participants vitamin D levels increased, kidney stone cases actually decreased. The study was sponsored by GrassrootsHealth (GRH), a nonprofit public health research organization, and was led by Dr. Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California San Diego. The research team used data collected from 2,012 participants enrolled in GrassrootsHealth’s D*action study. This study is the first of its kind to include participants with a wide range of 25(OH)D blood serum levels, especially on the higher end of the spectrum between 100 nmol/L and 250 nmol/L, and is therefore a more rigorous test of the suggested association with kidney stones than previous studies.

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Vitamin D Levels Start Plunging in November

November is Vitamin D Awareness Month and the Vitamin D Society is urging all Canadians to check their vitamin D blood levels to ensure that they are not deficient. Canadians will no longer be able to make vitamin D from sunlight (UVB Light).

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) November 22, 2013

November is Vitamin D Awareness month. A time of the year when your body’s vitamin D level starts to decrease dramatically as the reserves of vitamin D built up through summer sunshine rapidly deplete. November is the start of vitamin D winter in the northern hemisphere. In Canada the sun is low in the sky and the UVB rays that produce vitamin D in your skin do not reach the earth. People retreat indoors to bear the long, cold, low light Canadian winter. The Vitamin D Society is urging all Canadians to check their vitamin D levels through a 25(OH)D blood serum test, get their test score and ensure that they are at the optimal levels of 100-150 nmol/L as recommended by over 40 of the top vitamin D scientific researchers at GrassrootsHealth(1). If you are unable to test your vitamin D levels, Dr. Robert Heaney MD, Creighton University, recommends that you ensure your vitamin D intake is approximately 35IU per pound of body weight per day (75 IU per Kg/day). 

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Vitamin D Day November 2nd Help Stop Vitamin D Deficiency

November is the start of the season when most Canadians become vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight. The Vitamin D Society is asking all Canadians to assess their vitamin D levels on Vitamin D Day November 2nd and to take action to prevent vitamin D deficiency.

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

The Vitamin D Society is asking all Canadians to join us to celebrate Vitamin D Day on November 2nd and to assess their personal vitamin D blood levels and to take action to prevent a possible vitamin D deficiency. “Canadians should check their vitamin D level through a 25(OH)D blood serum test (ask for your test score) and ensure they are between the optimal levels of 100 – 150 nmol/L as recommended by over 40 of the top Vitamin D researchers at GrassrootsHealth(1)” stated Perry Holman, executive director of the Vitamin D Society

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Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Clinical Biochemist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor - University of Toronto, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.


Click to View Carole Baggerly

"Director, GrassrootsHealth, a Public Health Promotion Organization
leading D*action, the world's largest ongoing vitamin D intervention
project.
www.grassrootshealth.net"

 


Click to View Dr. John Cannell M.D.

Executive Director‚ The Vitamin D Council
San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

www.vitamindcouncil.com


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