New research shows that reducing inflammation reduces the rate at which you age. Less inflammation equals less rapid ageing. There is a certain amount of inflammation that occurs in infection and this is a good thing. What they have found is that in older people inflammation gets out of hand. So control your inflammation. Optimize your vitamin D level, imho, to just under 100, eat berries that are colored, use turmeric in your cooking or take a supplement, drink green tea, prepare and eat fermented foods like sauer kraut, exercise and drink plenty of water every day ( hopefully clean well water as it contains liberal amounts of magnesium), and avoid alcohol.
Now the news letter.
Vitamin D Newsletter - May 7, 2013 View this email in your browser Supporters of the Vitamin D Council
The Vitamin D Council's latest patient friendly health summary reviews the research on vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. The Vitamin D Council systematically reviewed the literature this past January and produced our findings in a patient friendly style. Be sure to share with friends, family, and health care professionals!
Multiple Sclerosis and vitamin D: A patient friendly summary
Vitamin D Council
Multiple sclerosis is a condition where the body’s immune system attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Because these nerves provide messages to so many different areas of the body, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis can involve many systems of the body. You may experience problems walking, talking, speaking, swallowing, or difficulty thinking. It’s not known exactly what causes multiple sclerosis, but researchers think that vitamin D may play a role. Some studies show that vitamin D helps to control your immune system, but how this may play a role in multiple sclerosis is not fully understood.
Some research shows that vitamin D improves the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but these studies are small and difficult to compare because of their differences.
Research hasn’t shown conclusively yet whether taking vitamin D supplements may help reduce your chances of developing multiple sclerosis, treat symptoms once the disease has already started, or both. There are other things that researchers think may increase your likelihood of getting multiple sclerosis, including being a carrier for certain genes.
Because of all the differences in the research studies, it’s difficult to know for certain what role vitamin D plays in preventing or treating multiple sclerosis.
If you have multiple sclerosis and want to take vitamin D, it’s unlikely to harm you or make your symptoms worse. However, you may not see any improvement in your symptoms either. You should not take vitamin D in the place of other medications for your condition. Talk to your doctor about taking vitamin D or any other supplement. Continue reading →
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Do you need interesting print material for a waiting room, doctors office, or to simply share with friends? Download the printable handout here! This is a copy meant for printing so if you want to go to your local print shop, use this version. More on Multiple Sclerosis The multiple sclerosis D-lemma
February 16, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
In the use of vitamin D in medicine, there is probably no greater dilemma and debate currently than the tussle of whether or not to supplement patients with multiple sclerosis. Continue reading → (no membership required) Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis: Implications for assessment and treatment
October 20, 2012 -- Rebecca Oshiro
A recent review summarized the evidence for vitamin D in the development and treatment of multiple sclerosis patients. Continue reading → (membership required) New randomized controlled trial says, vitamin D prevents and delays multiple sclerosis
January 10, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
Good news for those at risk for developing multiple sclerosis! A study found that vitamin D may prevent the onset of multiple sclerosis. Continue reading → (no membership required) RCT: Vitamin D supplementation in patients with MS
September 8, 2012 -- John Cannell, MD
Scientists recently conducted a double blind, placebo-controlled trial of vitamin D in 66 MS patients, to see if it helped as an add-on therapy with interferon. Continue reading → (membership required) Multiple sclerosis: Vitamin D status and brain lesions
December 23, 2012 -- Rebecca Oshiro
A study published by the American Neurological Association investigated the relationship between 25(OH)D levels and brain lesions in patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D Council Members Blog The seasonality of heart attacks
April 30, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
One of the mysteries of heart attacks is their seasonality. Before the modern sun avoidance era, there were 50% more heart attacks in the winter than in the summer. Continue reading → (membership required)
Meta-analysis confirms: Low vitamin D linked to increased risk of type II diabetes
May 1, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
New meta-analysis finds higher vitamin D levels are associated with a 38% reduced risk of developing type II diabetes. Continue reading → (membership required)
Study: Low vitamin D increases breast cancer risk in China, too
May 5, 2013 -- Kate Saley
Higher vitamin D levels may have a protective effect against breast cancer, according to researchers in China. Continue reading → (no membership required) Pregnancy complications: Can vitamin D help?
May 4, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Complications during pregnancy can include preeclampsia, small for gestational age, and gestational diabetes. Will vitamin D help prevent any of these complications? Continue reading → (membership required)
Conflicting reports: Rickets or battered baby syndrome?
May 3, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
In 1962 a new condition, battered child syndrome, was discovered by Dr. C. Henry Kempe, a pediatrician. Dr Cannell explains the similarities between the syndrome and rickets. Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D deficiency and SIDS
May 3, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Dr Cannell discusses the possible link between vitamin D deficiency and SIDS, Continue reading → (membership required)
Vitamin D News Room American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition release new guidelines for preterm infants
April 30, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines on vitamin D requirements for preterm infants. Continue reading →
Increased vitamin D linked to faster recovery from muscular injury
May 1, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
Sufficient vitamin D levels may increase the rate of muscle strength recovery after intense exercise, according to research published in the journal Nutrients. Continue reading → Low vitamin D increases pneumonia risk in older adults
May 3, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
Low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Continue reading → Vitamin D Society holding a symposium in Victoria, Canada
May 3, 2013 -- Vitamin D News
The Vitamin D Society is holding a free symposium at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada, May 22nd. Continue reading →
The facts on vitamin D and calcium
May 7, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
This week's free Grassroots Health webinar features lead vitamin D researcher Robert Heaney, MD, discussing how vitamin D interacts with calcium and other minerals in the body, how they work together to affect bone health, and what levels of each are considered safe.
Register here for today's webinar, which starts at 10am PST! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Heaney when you register.