Topic: Vitamin D
Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today continued to take action in the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA announced that the agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the U.S. food and agriculture sector so that Americans can continue to have access to a safe and robust food supply.
American Heart Association reports Low Vitamin D at Birth raises risk of Higher Blood Pressure in Kids
Dallas, TX – according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood was associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence.
Researchers followed 775 children from birth to age 18 at the Boston Medical Center. Most lived in a low-income, urban area and 68% of the children were African American. Low vitamin D levels were defined as less than 11 ng/ml (nanograms per millimeter) in cord blood at birth and less than 25 ng/ml in a child’s blood during early childhood.
Debunking the “deficiency epidemic”; Plus, the best deals on D from tests
Yonkers, NY – Vitamin D has been touted as the answer to all kinds of health problems, but many of these claims are overblown.
The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features answers to some of the most common questions about Vitamin D and names the best from its tests of 32 products. «Read the rest of this article»
Additional studies in larger groups of African-Americans are necessary to confirm the findings.
Dallas, TX – Vitamin D supplements significantly reduced blood pressure in the first large controlled study of African-Americans, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.
In the prospective trial, a three-month regimen of daily vitamin D increased circulating blood levels of vitamin D and resulted in a decrease in systolic blood pressure ranging from .7 to four mmHg (depending upon the dose given), compared with no change in participants who received a placebo. «Read the rest of this article»
These results contradict the association between higher vitamin D levels and healthier cholesterol levels.
Dallas, TX – Taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency didn’t improve cholesterol — at least in the short term, according to new research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal.
Researchers studied 151 people with vitamin D deficiency who received either a mega-dose (50,000 internationals units) of vitamin D3 or placebo weekly for eight weeks. Participants’ cholesterol levels were measured before and after treatment. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – Everyone needs some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It doesn’t take long for most people to get the vitamin D they need.
Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and immune system suppression.
American Heart Association reports Low Vitamin D in diet increases stroke risk in Japanese-Americans
Dallas, TX – Japanese-American men who did not eat foods rich in vitamin D had a higher risk of stroke later in life, according to results of a 34-year study reported in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.
“Our study confirms that eating foods rich in vitamin D might be beneficial for stroke prevention,” said Gotaro Kojima, M.D., lead author of the study and geriatric medicine fellow at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. «Read the rest of this article»
Dallas, TX – If you eat low-fat dairy foods, you may be reducing your risk of stroke.
In a Swedish study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, people who drank low-fat milk and ate low-fat yogurt and cheese had a lower risk of stroke compared to those who consumed full-fat dairy foods.
Among 74,961 adults 45 to 83 years old, those who ate low-fat dairy foods had a 12 percent lower risk of stroke and a 13 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than those who ate high-fat dairy foods.
Pueblo, CO – With summer in full swing, everyone’s shedding layers and enjoying basking in the sun. But while absorbing some of the sun’s rays will help your body produce Vitamin D, too much of the UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage. Use these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center to protect yourself this summer. «Read the rest of this article»
New York, NY – Most of us think of our bone structure as a solid, static mass that is hard and unchanging. The fact is our skeletal structure is replaced approximately every ten years.
Our bones are dynamic, living tissue that consists of about 25% water, 25% protein and approximately 50% mineral salts including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Since bone remains are regularly found that are thousands of years old, why are we witnessing a rise in bone deterioration? Osteoporosis is apparently a new disease. «Read the rest of this article»
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