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Asthma and vitamin D: A patient friendly summary
Vitamin D Council
The Vitamin D Council's latest patient friendly health summary reviews the research on vitamin D and asthma. Be sure to share with friends, family, and health care professionals!
Asthma is a lifelong lung disease that makes it difficult for you to breathe sometimes. There are tubes, called airways, which carry air to and from your lungs to your mouth and nose. If you have asthma, these airways can become swollen, clogged with mucus and tightened by surrounding muscles. When your symptoms get worse and more intense, you have what is called an asthma attack. Asthma attacks can sometimes force you to seek emergency care.
Doctors and scientists don’t yet know exactly what causes asthma. They think that a change in our diet, behavior and environment may cause asthma. They are interested in vitamin D because it makes your immune system smarter and may reduce the chances of you getting an asthma attack. They are also researching if it can help make your airways healthier, by reducing inflammation.
Scientists are looking into whether, if you’re pregnant, getting enough vitamin D during your pregnancy can reduce the chances of your child developing asthma. They are also looking at whether, if children get enough vitamin D when they are 0 to 3 years old, it can reduce their chances of getting asthma later in childhood. Continue reading → Vitamin D Council Members Blog RCT: How much vitamin D is needed for optimal bone health?
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April 25, 2013 -- Dr William Grant
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April 29, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Telogen effluvium and female pattern hair loss is hair loss that occurs in up to 30% of young women. Is vitamin D involved? Continue reading → (membership required) Low vitamin D in people with autoimmune arthritis
April 26, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
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April 24, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
A doctor writes to Dr Cannell about research he has read suggesting that higher vitamin D levels increase pancreatic cancer risk. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Vitamin D and autism: A parsimonious theory
April 27, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Dr Cannell discusses a recent study reporting elevated mercury levels in the hair of children with autism. Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D News Room National Osteoporosis Society UK releases clinical guidelines
April 27, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
The National Osteoporosis Society of the UK has released new clinical guidelines to treat vitamin D deficiency in patients. Continue reading →
Vitamin D may help in treating liver fibrosis
April 29, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
A synthetic form of vitamin D may provide a new therapy for liver fibrosis in humans, according to a new study published in the journal Cell. Continue reading →
Conflicting reports on vitamin D and athletic performance
April 26, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
There is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that sufficient vitamin D levels play a role in athletic performance. Continue reading →
Vitamin D for Alzheimer's prevention
April 30, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
This week's free Grassroots Health webinar features Mathew Mizwicki, PhD, discussing vitamin D's role in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
Register here for today's webinar, which starts at 10am PST! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Mizwicki when you register.