And now the news letter.
Is there a link between vitamin D status and kidney transplant outcome?
April 6, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Renal transplantation is now a common procedure. End-stage renal disease is the reason for kidney transplantation. Causes of that renal disease are untreated hypertension, infections, diabetes mellitus, and other rarer causes. Diabetes accounts for one fourth of transplants. The majority of recipients are on dialysis at the time of surgery.
About one in three donors are living and give one of their kidneys away. A typical recipient will live up to 15 years longer after a kidney transplant than they would have if kept on dialysis alone. Transplant tourism is not uncommon, where recipients go to an undeveloped country to buy a kidney from a poverty stricken donor.
Few people know that kidney function or glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is highly seasonal with wintertime impairment and summertime improvements. Continue reading → (no membership required) New meta-analysis: Vitamin D levels low in people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
April 21, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
Both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have become of greater interest in public health in recent years. Does vitamin D play a role? Continue reading →
(membership required) Is cell function linked to vitamin D status?
April 20, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
The main function of mitochondia is the production of energy. Our cells use this energy for cell survival and function. How does vitamin D factor in? Continue reading → (membership required) RCT: Vitamin D supplements benefit arterial stiffness?
April 18, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers in Tel Aviv found that just 1000 IU vitamin D every day resulted in beneficial changes in arterial stiffness among diabetic patients. Continue reading →
(membership required) Vitamin D supplementation in collegiate swimmers and divers
April 19, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Recently researchers at the University of Kentucky randomized 32 athletes to take 4,000 IU/day vitamin D or placebo. Dr Cannell discusses the study results. Continue reading → (membership required) RCT: High-dose vitamin D3 safe during pregnancy
April 22, 2013 -- Kate Saley
A new randomized controlled trial shows once again, high-dose vitamin D during pregnancy is safe and effective at raising vitamin D blood levels for mother and newborn child. Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of uterine fibroids
April 17, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
A study from the National Institute of Health reports that vitamin D deficient women are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than women with sufficient vitamin D levels. Continue reading →
Researchers report mushrooms can provide as much vitamin D as supplements
April 22, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
Researchers report that eating mushrooms with vitamin D2 is as effective at increasing vitamin D levels as taking vitamin D3. Continue reading →
Social Media Updates!
April 23, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
If you haven't already noticed, we've updated our social media pages with new graphics to match our snazzy new website!
Take a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages and let us know what you think! If you aren't already following us on our social media pages, join in on the conversation.
Health professionals, if you're not signed up for twitter, contact us! We've noticed a lack of vitamin D researchers on Twitter, so we invite researchers and health care professionals to join! For information on how to get started, contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vitamin D during Pregnancy
April 23, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
This week's free Grassroots Health webinar features Carol Wagner, MD, discussing the safety and importance of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy.
Register here for today's webinar, which starts at 10am PST! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Wagner when you register.