Vitamin D relieves joint pain, muscle pain from breast cancer medication – High-dose vitamin D relieves joint pain and muscle pain for many breast cancer patients taking estrogen-lowering drugs, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The medications, known as aromatase inhibitors, are commonly prescribed to shrink breast tumors fueled by the hormone estrogen and help prevent cancer […]

Vitamin D deficiency linked to muscle injuries in NFL football players – Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems, and a recent study suggests that lack of vitamin D might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players. The study was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in […]

Vitamin D deficiency doubles stroke risk in whites, but not blacks – Low levels of vitamin D, the essential nutrient obtained from milk, fortified cereals and exposure to sunlight, doubles the stroke risk in whites, but not in blacks, according to a new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins. Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death, killing more than 140,000 Americans annually and temporarily or permanently […]

Vitamin D insufficiency common risk prior to orthopedic surgery – Forty-three percent of patients scheduled to undergo orthopedic surgery have insufficient vitamin D levels and two out of five of those patients had levels low enough to place them at risk for metabolic bone disease, according to a study published in the October 6, 2010 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). According to the National […]

Vitamin D levels lower in African-American women – African-American women had lower vitamin D levels than white women, and vitamin D deficiency was associated with a greater likelihood for aggressive breast cancer, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities. “We know that darker skin pigmentation acts somewhat as a block to producing vitamin D when […]

Vitamin D guidelines updated

New and updated guidelines on recommended vitamin D intake have been published this week in the online issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal(CMAJ). Dr. David Hanley, professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, and member of Osteoporosis Canada’s (OC) Scientific Advisory Council, is the lead author of the paper on behalf of Osteoporosis Canada. “OC’s current recommendations […]

Vitamin D for chronic pain – According to an extensive review of clinical research, inadequate vitamin D intake has been linked to a long list of illnesses with chronic pain , including bone and joint pain of various types, muscle pain, fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis, and other complaints. Lack of vitamin D also has been implicated in the mood disturbances of chronic […]

Vitamin D level linked to colon cancer survival

Patients diagnosed with colon cancer who had higher vitamin D levels in their blood were less likely to die during a follow-up period than those who were deficient in vitamin D, according to a new study by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The findings of the study – the first to examine the effect of vitamin D among colorectal […]

Activated vitamin D may prevent heart failure – Vitamin D benefits: strong bones, a healthy immune system, protection against some types of cancer. Recent studies suggest there’s yet another benefit of vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D keeps the heart fit for life’s demands and protects against heart failure. University of Michigan pharmacologist Robert U. Simpson, Ph.D., thinks it’s apt to call vitamin […]