Now, one of the articles states some work better than others and the better ones raise vitamin D levels more than the poorer one. Why not just take vitamin D?
Inflammation, statins, and cardiovascular disease: Is D the missing link?
February 19, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Oxidative stress is thought to underlie cardiovascular and many other diseases. Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the byproducts of humans being on fire (oxidizing), and human’s ability to readily repair that damage with our antioxidant systems. Malondialdehyde (MDA) is a complex molecule that serves as a marker for oxidative stress, the higher the MDA, the worse the oxidative stress.
Inflammation (Latin root “to set alight or burn”) is a complex biological response to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, toxins, or antigens. Inflammation is an attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and begin the healing process. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein found in the blood, the levels of which rise in response to inflammation: the higher the CRP, the worse the inflammation.
Both statins and vitamin D have pleiotropic effects, meaning they have many different effects on the body and appear to work in different ways. Pleiotropic comes from the Greek, meaning “more,” and “convert.” While the mechanism of action of vitamin D’s pleiotropy is easy to explain (vitamin D has as many mechanisms of action as genes it regulates), the same cannot be said of statins. How do they work other than reducing cholesterol?
Dr Thozhukat Sathyapalan and colleagues of the Hull York Medical School in England recently conducted a remarkable study of two statins.
Sathyapalan T, Shepherd J, Atkin SL, Kilpatrick ES. The effect of atorvastatin and simvastatin on vitamin D, oxidative stress and inflammatory marker concentrations in patients with type 2 diabetes: a crossover study. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2013 Jan 28.
The two statin drugs studied were atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor). Both lower cholesterol equally well and both are used to prevent cardiovascular disease. However, at least one study shows that cardiovascular events are lower with atorvastatin than simvastatin. Continue reading → (no membership required) The vitamin D, lupus link: A review of the research
February 22, 2013 -- Rebecca Oshiro
As many blog readers know, there has been much research studying the relationship between vitamin D and lupus of late. Some research shows that vitamin D and lupus have a relationship. But what does all the research say? Continue reading → (membership required) Does D deficiency contribute to inflammatory bowel disease?
February 23, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Recently, Drs at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to know if the symptoms of ulcerative coltis were worse in vitamin D deficient people Continue reading → (no membership required)
Vitamin D deficiency accelerates hardening of the arteries
February 25, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers at Washington University recently examined how vitamin D deficiency contributes to hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure. Continue reading → (membership required) Vitamin D monitoring linked to bladder cancer survival
February 21, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers recently studied more than 4,100 veterans with established bladder cancer. They wanted to see if vitamin D testing was associated with better survival. If patients were getting tested, then presumably they were getting treated to various degrees. Continue reading → (no membership required)
D deficiency, celiac disease, and autoimmunity: What's the link?
February 20, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Dr Cannell reviews the latest research on vitamin D deficiency and celiac disease. Do you think there is a link? Continue reading → (membership required)
Alaska legislator wants vitamin D tests for newborns
February 25, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Alaska State legislator, Representative Paul Seaton, wants to test the vitamin D levels of all newborns in Alaska. So he’s sponsoring a House Bill, the vitamin D newborn testing proposal. Continue reading → Vitamin D deficiency prevalent among children with HIV
February 20, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Vitamin D supplementation may be needed in children with HIV, according to a study published in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal. Continue reading → Vitamin D levels of professional ballet dancers: Winter vs Summer
February 19, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Professional ballerinas have a high incidence of vitamin D deficiency, improving slightly during summer months. Dancers also are more likely to get injured during the winter, according to research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Continue reading → The USPSTF vitamin D research
Feburary 26, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has begun evaluating the effectiveness of screening for vitamin D deficiency.
Today they have opened their research plan to the public for comment. Comments can be submitted from February 26, 2013 through March 25, 2013 using this link.
Be sure to take a look at the draft and comment as you see fit. Vitamin D Workshop
Feburary 26, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
Hey Researchers, don't forget! The 16th Vitamin D Workshop in coming up! The 2013 Workshop will be held in San Francisco, CA from June 12th - June 14th. If you are interested in submitting an abstract on your vitamin D research to the workshop, do so by March 8th.
Also, be sure to register to attend the conference before March 8th and you can purchase your ticket at a discounted price. Click here for further details. Disease on the rise
Feburary 26 , 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
Today's Grassroots health webinar features Dr Susan Whiting, BS, MS, PhD, who will be discussing the topic: "Vitamin D levels declining; MS, cancer, diabetes and more on the rise. How do you protect yourself?"
Register here for today's webinar, which starts at 10am PST! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Grant when you register. Help the Council Today Like Tweet Forward to Friend Copyright © 2013 The Vitamin D Council, All rights reserved.
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