Post image for Early Cholesterol Problems Spell Trouble For Middle-Aged Arteries

by Patti Neighmon

Researchers say too much cholesterol isn’t safe — at any age.

And a recent study suggests it really does matter what you eat and how much you exercise in your 20s and 30s.
How come? A heart-healthy diet and regular exercise can lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. That’s the stuff that can really clog up arteries […]


Post image for Vitamin D may slash Parkinson’s risk: Study

By Stephen Daniells
High blood levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 67 per cent, compared with low levels of the sunshine vitamin, says a new study from Finland.
Researchers from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki analysed data from 3,173 Finnish men and women aged between 50 […]


Post image for Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency Common in People With Diabetes

Vitamin D deficiency, long suspected to be a risk factor for glucose intolerance, is commonly found in people with poor diabetes control, according to a new study.
”Our study could not show cause and effect,” says Esther Krug, MD, an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of […]


Post image for Vitamin D: Not just for bones, says San Francisco VA physician

It is well-known that vitamin D is essential for strong and healthy bones. However, in an article in the online “In Press” section of “Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism,” a San Francisco VA Medical Center physician reviews recent scientific literature suggesting that the vitamin may also play a role in preventing cancer, fighting infection, and […]


Post image for Study backs heart-healthy effect of dairy fat

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating dairy foods could help protect your heart, new research from Sweden suggests.
Dairy foods are a major source of saturated fat in the diet, which has been associated with heart disease. However, there’s some evidence that dairy foods could actually benefit heart health, for example by lowering blood pressure or […]


Post image for Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help?

Researchers are exploring a possible link between low levels of vitamin D and chronic pain.
By Gina Shaw
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
WebMD Feature
Not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain.
Over the past 10 years, several researchers have found an association between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain that […]


Post image for Low vitamin D tied to depression in older people

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Older men and women with lower levels of vitamin D in their blood are more prone to become depressed over time, new research shows.
Many studies have been published recently on the potential health benefits of vitamin D, and the potential risks of deficiency. Low vitamin D levels have been linked […]


Post image for New vitamin D recommendations for older men and women

May 10, 2010
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new position statement on Vitamin D for older adults which makes important recommendations for vitamin D nutrition from an evidence-based perspective.
Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle development, function and preservation. For this reason it is a vital component in the maintenance of bone […]


Post image for Vitamin D in pill form may cut breast cancer risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women’s dietary intake of vitamin D and calcium doesn’t seem to influence their risk of breast cancer, before or after menopause, new research from Canada shows. But the findings do suggest that taking vitamin D in supplement form may be protective against the disease.
Given these new findings on vitamin D […]