Disease Is Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

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    Apr 02, 2014 2:06 AM GMT
    From the NYT: People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to die from cancer and heart disease and to suffer from other illnesses, scientists reported in two large studies published on Tuesday.

    These are two big studies so both have some force. Over the years, there had been a lot of contrary findings about Vitamin D. Doctors here in Seattle prescribe Vitamin D for a number of things. What do you think?

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/low-vitamin-d-levels-linked-to-disease-in-two-big-studies/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&_r=0
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing this. I was reviewing a 2009 position paper from the ADA last night that mentions Vit. D too in regards to Vegetarianism for certain population, so I think the case here also applies to those sedentary or the elderly population who don't get to go outside for activities. In particular, I find it interesting that you'd mention the Evergreen State. When I was attending university there, I was always outside daily enjoying the mild weather even when it snows! I'm curious on what you have heard Vit. D get prescribed for? Thanks.
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    Apr 02, 2014 3:10 AM GMT
    Primarily, Vitamin D is prescribed in high dosage because of the lack of sunlight here for many winter months.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 02, 2014 6:09 PM GMT
    We have been advised NEVER to expose ourselves to sunlight, and now we are being warned about the need for vitamin D and that vitamin D deficiencies are becoming more common. Interesting.
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    Apr 02, 2014 9:44 PM GMT
    ^
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  • ErosBeach

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    Apr 02, 2014 9:56 PM GMT
    The Linus Pauling institute is my favorite for nutrient/micro-nutrient date and ongoing research. Below is the link to their D files. Note that due to D's behavior, it is being thought of more and more along the lines of a hormone:
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminD/

    And yes, UV light stimulates production in the skin, elevates mood, and generates an overall sense of well-being.
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    Apr 02, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    Wow! Hormones? So it is essential.
  • Breeman

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    Apr 03, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    But wait!:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay686419_20140402_Jury_Still_Out_on_Benefits_of_Vitamin_D.html
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    Apr 03, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidWe have been advised NEVER to expose ourselves to sunlight, and now we are being warned about the need for vitamin D and that vitamin D deficiencies are becoming more common. Interesting.



    Fair skin people do not need much sun exposure as their skin can absorb far more vitamin D than dark skin. This ability to absorb vitamin D is the primary evolutionary reason for fair skin. As man left Africa and headed north to colder cloudier climates, those born with less melanin had higher survival rates since they didn't need protection from the sun but rather the ability to absorb UV rays to produce vitamin D.

    So the only people really vulnerable to low vitamin D would be dark skinned people living in a cloudy climate, and not getting it from their food.