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Archive for the 'Vitamin D' Category

Review: Vitamin D supplements fail to change bone density

Friday, October 11th, 2013

vitamind-150x150Almost half of older adults take vitamin D with or without calcium.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Updated recommendations to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Friday, July 5th, 2013

qf_quadriceps_strain_smAn expert committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) with a multi-specialty council of medical experts in the field of bone health have updated recommendations.

Let’s focus on prevention, which emphasizes many of the CAM topics that dominate this website.


Testing the effect of vitamin D treatment on symptoms of depression

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Low vitamin D levels are associated with depressive symptoms, especially in people with a history of depression.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, evaluated the impact of daily supplementation with vitamin D combined with elemental calcium on depression. (more…)

Benefit of vitamin D and calcium in the elderly

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Vitamin D appears to affect many health outcomes.

An international group of researchers reviewed the literature to see if there’s an effect on mortality. (more…)

Linking vitamin D and depression

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Researchers at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, investigated the association between vitamin D blood levels and depression. (more…)

New vitamin D recommendations for menopausal women

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Here’s the new European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) position statement on the role of vitamin D after menopause. (more…)

Vitamin D and high blood sugar levels in the elderly

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Researchers at the University College London, in the UK, investigated the association between vitamin D levels and hyperglycemia in older people. (more…)

Treating COPD with vitamin D

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Low vitamin D levels are associated with reduced lung function (FEV1), impaired immunologic control, and increased airway inflammation.

Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have vitamin D deficiency. So, researchers at the University Hospitals Leuven, in Belgium, studied whether supplementation with high doses of vitamin D could reduce the incidence of COPD exacerbations. (more…)

More quality control problems with Vitamin D

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 has reported problems with 29% of the vitamin D supplements selected for testing and review. (more…)

Review: Near legendary status of vitamin D

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Medscape has posted a review by researchers at West Virginia University, in Morgantown. (more…)

Calcium + vitamin D effect on abdominal fat mass

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston,  investigated the effect of calcium + vitamin D-supplemented orange juice on weight loss and visceral (internal organs) adipose tissue in overweight and obese adults. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of death in the general population

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

An international group of researchers reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Safety of vitamin D during pregnancy

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, studied healthy expectant mothers. (more…)

The association between vitamin D and hyperglycemia in older people

Monday, November 28th, 2011

This relationship is potentially of high public health importance because of the adverse effect of both on well-being.

Researchers at the Royal Free and University College, London Medical School, in the UK, investigated the association. (more…)

Vitamin D and high blood pressure in African-Americans

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Higher prevalence of hypertension among African Americans is a key cause of racial disparity in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Researchers in New York and California assessed the contribution of vitamin D to racial disparity in blood pressure. (more…)

Might vitamin D prevent death?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

In this Cochrane review, researchers at the University of Nis, in Serbia, assessed the beneficial and harmful effects of vitamin D for prevention of mortality in adults. (more…)

More on calcium supplements and the risk of cardiovascular disease

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Calcium supplements are widely used to help prevent osteoporosis but have been associated with a possible increase in the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

Now, researchers from the UK and Denmark have presented an alternative view. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of falls in the elderly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Importance of vitamin D for bisphosphonate therapy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Several studies suggest that the response to bisphosphonates could in part be dependent on circulating blood levels of vitamin D.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City, examined the association between blood levels of 25 hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] and the response to bisphosphonate treatment. (more…)

Vitamin E and an increased risk of prostate cancer

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with vitamin E supplements.

As a follow-up, researchers in the US determined the long-term effect of vitamin E and selenium in relatively healthy men. (more…)