vitamin D deficiency

  1. Vitamin D can help ward off death

    Cheat death with this vitamin

    Sometimes, improving your health can be tricky business -- whether it's giving up smoking, learning to eat right, or trying to take up exercise after years of being sedentary.

    But other times it's a lot easier -- as simple as popping a single pill every day, and I'm not talking about a drug.

    Plain old vitamin D can help protect your bones, brain, heart, muscle, immune system, and more -- and now, a new study confirms it can even protect against death itself.

    Not a bad trick for such a simple, safe, and often overlooked nutrient.

    Researchers from Oregon State University looked at data on more than 4,300 older folks who took part in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and broke them down into four groups -- including one group that had less than 50 nanograms per milliliter of vitamin D in the blood.

    And it turned out those low-D folks were 30 percent more likely to die during the 12-year study than those with higher levels.

    The researchers also found that low D increased the risk of frailty -- no surprise since, like I said, D is essential to bone and muscle.

    Frailty on its own doubled the risk of death. But frailty combined with low levels of D actually tripled it, according to the study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    The study doesn't prove that low D causes frailty or death, but the evidence for this has been building for years as other studies have reached similar conclusions.

    Besides, you need vitamin D anyway -- and yet, if you're like most people, you're probably not getting nearly enough. In fact, some 70 percent of Americans suffer from low D levels, which is a crying shame when it's easy enough to get.

    Just step outside -- because your body makes it from sunlight.

    Of course, the sun is a double-edged sword. Too much can cause sunburn and even cancer -- so along with a little safe outdoors time each day, be sure to take a D supplement.

    They're easy to find, available over the counter and inexpensive. Talk to your holistic doctor about how much you need.

  2. Vitamin D may help asthmatics get the disease under control

    Vitamin D helps asthmatics

    Asthma control isn't always about having your meds on standby and taking them the moment you feel the telltale signs of an impending attack. It's about having your body's defenses ready to help fight off an attack on its own, with or without meds.

    And one of the most important parts of that defense system is vitamin D.

    One new study of 1,024 children with mild to moderate asthma finds that kids who don't have the right levels of D have a harder time getting the disease under control, even after taking their asthma meds.

    By one critical measure, the D-deficient kids had less than half of the lung improvements seen in kids with normal levels of D after taking their meds.

    The difference was so dramatic that researchers say docs should test asthmatic kids for vitamin D and continue to monitor their levels -- and if those levels ever fall, the kids should be given supplements.

    You don't often hear mainstream doctors and researchers recommending nutritional supplements, so you know this one's a big deal -- and not just in children.

    In kids and adults alike, vitamin D plays a key role in overall lung function. Proper D levels may even help keep attacks at bay and lessen their severity when they do strike.

    One review of nearly 60 years of research found that low vitamin D levels led to problems with lung function, increased airway reactivity and worse overall asthma control among asthmatics.

    In other words, if you want to breathe easier, make sure you get your D -- and if you suffer from asthma, be sure to combine increased D levels with other natural treatments such as B vitamins, dietary changes, and homeopathic remedies.

    You might never reach the point where you'd feel comfortable leaving your rescue inhaler at home. But if you take the natural approach, you might not need to be rescued nearly as often.

  3. Low vitamin D can cause weight gain

    Vitamin D has been linked to obesity again, with a new study finding that people with low levels of the sunshine vitamin are more likely to gain more weight.
  4. Low D in allergy link

    Researchers used data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to compare serum levels of D in roughly 3,100 kids and 3,400 adults to their food and environmental allergy sensitivities.
  5. Bright spot in depression battle

    Forget Big Pharma's dangerous roster of expensive antidepressant drugs... because the real answer to some cases of the blues might be staring down at you right now.
  6. 'D' deficiency turns into crisis

    A leading health expert is calling vitamin D deficiency the world's most common medical condition... with 50 percent of the planet lacking the right amount of this essential nutrient.
  7. Some "D" for your knee

    I'd like to take a look at some remarkable new research that shows a link between osteoarthritis and a vitamin D deficiency.

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