Vitamin D Newsletter - February 12, 2013 View this email in your browser Supporters of the Vitamin D Council Study: Why do we supplement?
February 6, 2013 -- Brant Cebulla
Ever had a hard time trying to get a friend or two to supplement with vitamin D? New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals underlying reasons why some people choose to supplement, perhaps giving you a little insight on some strategies to make your efforts more successful.
The study, led by Dr Regan Bailey of the Office of Dietary Supplements, surveyed people enrolled in the NHANES cohort over the years 2007 and 2008. After excluding those younger than 20, lactating or pregnant women, they collected information from nearly 12,000 people.
Let’s fly through the results:
- 49% of people reported taking supplements within the past 30 days of the survey. Women were more likely to supplement (54%) than men (43%). People over 60 and Caucasians were most likely to take supplements. Those who had health-insurance were also more likely to supplement, as well as people who reported to be in good health. And those who drank one or more alcoholic beverage per day were more likely to supplement.
- People that were either underweight or overweight were less likely to take supplements.
February 11, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researches at the University of California at San Diego found that higher vitamin D levels were associated with reduced overall mortality but not breast cancer specific mortality. Continue reading → (membership required) Primary hyperparathyroidism: Is vitamin D safe?
February 5, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is one of the few diseases in which doctors have said vitamin D should not be used, as it might raise blood calcium levels. Recently, scientists conducted a study to see if vitamin D was detrimental or safe for patients with PHPT. Continue reading → (membership required) Vitamin D status and autoimmunity in celiac disease
February 11, 2013 -- Rebecca Oshiro
A new study from researchers out of Columbia University have found those suffering from celiac disease and vitamin D deficiency may be at higher risk for psoriasis. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Current research: Is vitamin D deficiency linked to epilepsy?
February 7, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Epileptic seizures result from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. Dr Cannell examines the evidence for a link between vitamin D and epilepsy. Continue reading → (membership required)
Eggs: With or without vitamin D?
February 8, 2013 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers at Iowa State University decided to see if they could increase the amount of vitamin D in eggs by feeding chickens more vitamin D. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Quantum dots deliver vitamin D to tumors for breast cancer treatment
February 6, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Scientists have recently uncovered an experimental approach to fighting inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), a very rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. Continue reading → Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear amyloid plaque in Alzheimer's patients
February 8, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Researchers have recently pinpointed how vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system’s ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the trademarks of Alzheimer's disease. Continue reading → Low vitamin D may increase risk of type 1 diabetes
February 9, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
Having sufficient vitamin D levels during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by up to 50%. Continue reading → Sun exposure may cut arthritis risk in women
February 5, 2013 -- Vitamin D Council News
According to new research led by Professor Elizabeth Arkema and colleagues from Harvard, increased sun exposure may cut the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Continue reading → National Children's Dental Health Month
February 8, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
Did you know February is National Children's Dental Health Month? Dental Cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults, even though it is preventable.
Take a look at our Dental Health Infographic for a quick overview of vitamin D and dental health. Be sure to share with friends and family to promote overall oral health! Continue reading → 16th Vitamin D Workshop in San Francisco
February 12, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
Hey Researchers, 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 before March 8th and get your ticket at a discounted rate. Click here for details. Infant Health webinar
Feburary 12, 2013 -- Vitamin D Event
Today's Grassroots health webinar features Dr William Grant, PhD, who will be discussing the question: "Racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality...A vitamin D problem?"
Register here for today's webinar! Have a vitamin D question? You can submit your questions for Dr Grant when you register.