The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Vitamin D and depression in people with cardiovascular disease

    Depression is associated with cardiovascular disease.

    Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah, looked for an association between vitamin D deficiency and depression in these patients.

    First, the details.

    • 7,358 older adults with coronary artery disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, transient ischemic accident, atrial fibrillation, or peripheral vascular disease participated in the study.
    • They had no prior depression diagnosis.
    • Blood levels of  vitamin D were measured and divided into 4 groups: greater than 50 ng/mL (optimal), 31 to 50 (normal), 16 to 30 (low), and less than 16 (very low).
    • Depression was defined by the International Classification of Diseases.

    And, the results.

    • When compared to optimal vitamin D levels, lower vitamin D levels were significantly associated with depression.
      • Winter (December-February) enhanced this association.
      • This association remained even after adjustment by parathyroid hormone levels.
    • Parathyroid hormone was significantly associated with depression, but not after adjusting for vitamin D levels.
    • Older age enhanced the vitamin D/depression relationship.

    The bottom line?

    In this group of patients, there was an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of depression.

    For perspective, Dr. John Cannell, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, has written a concise review of vitamin D and depression.

    7/28/10 21:42 JR

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