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Vitamin D Combined With Exercise Is Crucial for Reversing Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetics, Study Shows
Jan 30, 2015

By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News

Exercise is invaluable when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition. But a new study out of South Korea has found that both physical activity and vitamin D supplementation combined can do wonders for reducing abdominal fat, normalizing lipid counts and improving insulin resistance, particularly in type 2 diabetics.

Researchers from Kyung Hee University in Gyeonggi-do randomly assigned 52 elderly women with type 2 diabetes (T2D) to one of four groups: one that supplemented with 1,200 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily, one that joined a circuit training group, one that supplemented with the vitamin D and joined the circuit training group, and another that did nothing but live their normal lives.

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Petition for Health Canada and the IOM to Re-evaluate Vitamin D Guidelines
Jan 21, 2015

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in collaboration with Health Canada fund the resources that go into establishing recommended dietary intakes to meet the nutrient requirements of Canadians and Americans. Although that body is independent of the government, your taxes pay for these services.

Nutrition is one of the most important ways to improve health and prevent chronic disease. Networked with nutrition, vitamin D is continually demonstrating its crucial role in the proper functioning of the body. However, in order for the promotion of good health to be successful the guidelines for establishing optimal nutrition need to be accurate.

The recommendations for vitamin D published in 2010 are flawed[1]. Recent evidence demonstrates a drastic statistical error made during the calculation of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D.

I support policies for the maintenance of optimal health and prevention of disease. The RDA for vitamin D needs to be re-evaluated by the IOM and Health Canada.

1] Veugelers PJ, Ekwaru JP. 2014. A statistical error in the estimation of the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamin D. Nutrients 20;6(10):4472-5.

 

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Vitamin D protects against colorectal cancer by boosting the immune system
Jan 16, 2015

A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system's vigilance against tumor cells.

The research, published today by the journal Gut, represents the first time that a link between vitamin D and the to has been shown in a large human population. The finding adds to a growing body of research showing that vitamin D - known as the "sunshine vitamin" because it is produced by the body in response to sunlight exposure - plays a key role in cancer prevention

 

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Vitamin D May Boost Colon Cancer Survival, Study Finds
Jan 13, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted anti-cancer drugs, researchers say.

"We found that patients who had vitamin D levels at the highest category had improved survival and improved progression-free survival, compared with patients in the lowest category," said lead author Dr. Kimmie Ng, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Those patients survived one-third longer than patients with low levels of vitamin D -- an average 32.6 months, compared with 24.5 months, the researchers found.

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study
Jan 09, 2015

THURSDAY, Jan. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have low blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

Women with the lowest levels of vitamin D were about 1.5 times as likely to deliver early compared to those with the highest levels, the investigators found. That finding held true even after the researchers accounted for other factors linked to preterm birth, such as overweight and obesity, and smoking.

 "Mothers who were deficient in vitamin D in early parts of pregnancy were more likely to deliver early, preterm, than women who did not have vitamin D deficiency," said Lisa Bodnar, associate professor of epidemiology and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh, who led the study.
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Research suggests vitamin D could affect brain function
Jan 08, 2015

When you think of vitamin D, you may think of bone health. For years, doctors have recommended vitamin D and calcium supplements to guard against fractures and osteoporosis.

But in recent years, the efficacy of those supplements has been widely questioned, while other research has explored possible connections between vitamin D and heart health, cancer prevention, and other health benefits.

Those connections have not yet been proved, but now studies on the relationship between vitamin D and serotonin production are taking researchers down a new path.

A growing body of evidence suggests that vitamin D — present in some foods and produced naturally when skin is exposed to sunlight — regulates the enzyme that converts the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, a neurotransmitter believed to help regulate moods and direct brain development while in the womb.

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Events  
Vitamin D for Public Health
Dec 09, 2014        8:00 am

Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement for Optimal Health

This seminar, presented by UC San Diego School of Medicine and GrassrootsHealth, has been developed as an educational opportunity to present and discuss the science of vitamin D and sunshine. The objective of the meeting is to leave with an implementation plan for your group – using vitamin D and sunshine to optimize health.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H.                                          Carole Baggerly
University of California, San Diego                             Director, GrassrootsHealth

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18th Vitamin D Workshop April 21-24, 2015
Apr 21, 2015        8:00 am

On behalf of the Workshop Executive Committee, you are

cordially invited to attend the 18th Vitamin D Workshop in

Delft, the Netherlands, April 21-24, 2015. The Vitamin D

Workshop features overviews and original reports on basic,

epidemiological and clinical research, oral as well as poster

sessions.

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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.


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PRESS RELEASES
 
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Building consensus on optimal vitamin D levels in Canada

Key disease organizations support effort to curb vitamin D deficiency

TORONTO, Ont. (November 21, 2014) - A push to develop a Canadian Vitamin D Consesus that can be used to educate Canadians on the importance of optimal vitamin D levels for health is gaining support.

Vitamin D experts from around the world attended a workshop in Toronto earlier this month with the goal of reducing vitamin D deficiency in Canada.

A number of prominent Canadian disease organizations, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Osteoporosis Canada, the Canadan Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada attended the November 4 workshop on vitamin D.

"It's extemely encouraging to see momentum building behind efforts to improve education among Canadians on how to ensure they are getting enough vitamin D. Together, we can help people improve their health and reduce risk to several serious diseases," said workshop chairperson Dr. Reinhold Vieth, retired director of the Bone and Mineral Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiolgy.

 

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Shining a light on need to boost vitamin D levels in Canada

Vitamin D Society workshop on Nov. 4 to build consensus on curbing vitamin D deficiency

TORONTO, Ont. (October 31, 2014) – As winter draws closer and our daylight hours grow shorter, Canadians are being urged to take steps to protect their health by maintaining sufficient levels of vitamin D.

To mark Vitamin D Awareness Month in November, The Vitamin D Society is spreading the word about the importance of proper vitamin D levels and the affect it has on our everyday health.

On Tuesday, November 4 in Toronto the non-profit organization is hosting the Vitamin D Consensus Workshop, featuring several international medical experts. Representatives from key disease organizations have been invited to attend to help develop a Canadian Vitamin D Consensus that can be used to educate Canadians on the importance of optimal vitamin D levels for health. The workshop comes shortly after World Vitamin D Day on November 2.

“Due to Canada’s northern latitude, Canadians cannot get sufficient levels of vitamin D through sunshine from November to May,” said workshop presenter Dr. Reinhold Vieth, retired director of the Bone and Mineral Laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. “Low levels of vitamin D can create a higher risk of serious diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and others.”

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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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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"

 


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

www.vitamindcouncil.com


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