vitamin D

  1. Heart surgery patients need vitamin D

    What EVERY heart patient needs before surgery

    It's the science-backed therapy that can make a life-or-death difference if you're having heart surgery.

    It's safe... it's cheap... it's readily available... and it comes with no side effects.

    Odds are, though, you won't get it unless you ask!

    New research proves once again that high doses of vitamin D before heart surgery can boost blood levels in patients who are low, but that's not all.

    That boost will do something else that's every bit as important.

    It will help keep you high in D during and even AFTER the operation, when levels of this critical heart-pumping hormone may rapidly plunge and lead to dangerous complications.

    You can prevent those risks -- and all you have to do is ask your doc for high-dose D before the operation.

    He'll have a hard time saying "no" in light of this new study!

    Patients going in for heart surgery were given either a placebo or three daily 50,000 IU doses of vitamin D.

    That's a high dose, but it's not dangerously high in short-term situations.

    In fact, just the opposite: In this situation, it's a VITAL dose!

    While folks who were given the placebo saw their levels of D drop to dangerous levels during and after the surgery, the ones given the supplements kept normal levels.

    The study didn't track other outcomes, though there's another trial doing just that right now.

    But you don't need to wait for those results to know that D is critical before heart surgery.

    Other studies have already proven that high D levels before surgery can make a life-or-death difference.

    In one study a few years back, bypass patients with even moderately low levels of D had more than TRIPLE the risk of death after their operations... while those with very low levels had FOUR TIMES the risk of dying in the three months following surgery.

    If you're having some other form of surgery -- even an operation that has nothing to do with your ticker -- it's still a good idea to load up on D.

    A study that looked at all forms of surgery found that every 5 ng/mL jump in D levels will cut your risk of complications by 7 percent, including the risk of serious infection, cardiovascular events, and death.

    Those are just a couple of examples.

    Clearly, you need it. But just as clearly, most patients aren't getting it.

    So, if you're going in for surgery, talk to your doctor about D levels. Get tested for your current levels, if possible. And work on a strategy to keep those levels high before, during, and after your procedure.

    Your life may depend on it.

  2. Vitamin D cuts death risk in heart patients

    The one vitamin that EVERY heart patient needs

    Don't wait for summer to get some sun.

    If you've got heart disease... if you're even at risk for the condition... you need a little sunshine now.

    The warmth of the sun doesn't just FEEL good on a spring day.

    It's CRITICAL to your health -- and new research shows how the nutrient that your body bakes when you bask just might SAVE YOUR LIFE!

    Yes, it's another reminder of the importance of vitamin D.

    In recent years, many people have gotten in on this little secret, boosting their intake with the help of inexpensive vitamin D supplements.

    If you're not one of them, it's time to get cracking -- because the new study shows how the sunshine vitamin can make a life-or-death difference for heart patients.

    The lower your levels... the higher your risk of dying from this condition.

    But if you boost your intake, you can boost your success.

    And if you keep your D levels in the "sweet spot," your risk of dying over the course of 12 years will plunge by nearly a third!

    So... what's the sweet spot?

    It's a pretty wide range, at least in the new study, but it starts at 42 nmol/L.

    That's not what I'd call an especially high level, but many people fall short anyway, as vitamin D insufficiency and outright deficiency are becoming increasingly common, especially among older Americans.

    As the new study shows, that could be a problem if you're a heart patient. And if you're not a heart patient -- yet -- those same low levels could turn you into one.

    Boosting your D can help in dozens of other ways, including cutting the risk of nearly every other major cardiovascular problem out there -- heart failure, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and more.

    The cheapest way to get it is a little time under the sun.

    But that's not always the best way to get it.

    Clouds, clothes, and even the season can all block you from getting the exposure needed to generate D. And too much sun can cause painful sunburn and -- over the long term -- increase your risk of skin cancer.

    This isn't to say that you should avoid the sun -- but if you're getting some D the old-fashioned way, be sure to take proper precautions and not overdo it.

    To really make sure you're covered, take a D3 supplement. Most folks need between 2,000 IU and 5,000 IU per day, but your doc can test your levels to see how much you really need.

  3. Vitamin D needs magnesium

    Is your vitamin D supplement failing you? The word is out: Most folks know they need vitamin D, and many are now taking supplements. But are you REALLY getting what you need? Odds are, you're NOT! Sure, you might be taking the 2,000 to 5,000 IUs per day that I recommend to my own patients here at the Stengler Center...
  4. Vitamin D additives might not help you

    The dirty secret about the vitamin D in your food You're supposed to get your vitamins from food, right? That's the ideal... but watch out, my friend, because new research exposes a little-known trick when it comes to one key nutrient. And if you fall for this scam, you could end up quietly battling a serious vitamin D deficiency even...
  5. Vitamin D 'dangers' are a dumb exaggeration

    Is your vitamin D hurting you? Vitamin D... dangerous???? C'mon. You know it isn't. I know it isn't. But mainstream doctors want you to think it's practically poison. They're making big headlines with their latest attack on the sunshine vitamin, claiming the supplements that millions rely on daily to boost their health can actually hurt them instead. The study finds...
  6. Vitamin D shortage linked to sunscreen

    Summer advice you SHOULDN’T follow Officially, summer's still a month off. Unofficially, it's supposed to start next weekend, as Memorial Day arrives. Here in sunny San Diego, it feels like summer kicked in WEEKS ago! Whenever summer begins for you, there's something that almost always comes hand-in-hand with it -- and that's the alarmist fear-mongering about the supposed danger of...
  7. Vitamin D ‘mega dose’ study falls short

    Vitamin D doesn’t work? Not so fast! Hang on to your vitamin D supplements! A new study claims they don't work... you don't need them... and you may as well toss them out. But in reality, the study proved no such thing. All this headline-making report REALLY found is that a single huge dose of the sunshine vitamin delivered once...
  8. Vitamin D helps DNA to stay young

    It's an old cliché, but there's a certain truth to it: Spring really is a time of youth and renewal. And fortunately, you don't have to be young to celebrate this youthful new season. Even if you've seen a few more springs than you care to admit, you have the golden opportunity right now to turn back the clock and...
  9. Prevent respiratory infection with vitamin D

    Respiratory infection in winter can turn dangerous and even deadly, but you can slash those risks by as much as 40 percent – just by boosting your vitamin D levels.
  10. Vitamin D can prevent cancer death

    Vitamin D can fight off cancer and cut your risk of dying of the disease – but it works best if you boost your intake NOW, before the disease has a chance to form.
  11. Vitamin D levels cut by common household chemicals

    Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients – but it’s also one of our most common deficiencies, and that may be due to chemicals around your home and in your food.
  12. Vitamin D can beat breast and prostate cancer

    Vitamin D can help cut the risk of aggressive forms of breast and prostate cancers.
  13. Cheat death with D

    Vitamin D will help you to live longer

    Imagine a pill that can help you to cheat death -- one that's safe, inexpensive and widely available.

    The mainstream will tell you that pill's an aspirin, or maybe a statin. You and I know that's not true, because both of those drugs come with major risks and are proven to hurt far more often than they help. Continue reading

  14. Vitamin D can help you beat cancer

    Vitamin D can help you fight cancer and win, especially if you have high levels of it before you're diagnosed, new research finds.
  15. Vitamin D improves quality of life

    Higher levels of vitamin D can improve your quality of life, including your mental health, and reduce the risk of disability. Find out the best way to up your D, and learn just how much to shoot for.
  16. Vitamin D deficiency bad for heart health

    Low levels of vitamin D can increase your risk of heart disease and leave you battling the most severe form of the condition if you already have it.
  17. Boost immune system with vitamin D

    The best immune-boosting nutrient is...

    Your immune system is like your bank account. It's important at every age -- but the older you get, the more essential it is to your overall wellbeing.

    I can't do much about your bank account. But I can help you with your immune system, because I have a long list of ways you can invest in your good health.

    And the one deposit you should make daily is a stash of vitamin D, because new research confirms that the sunshine vitamin just might be the most powerful immune-boosting nutrient of all. Continue reading

  18. Gastric band patients often suffer from poor nutrition

    Stomach-shrinking surgeries can increase the risk of serious nutritional deficiencies.
  19. Vitamin D can slow Parkinson's

    Vitamin D can slow the cognitive decline that often comes with Parkinson's disease and may even help relieve some of the physical symptoms.
  20. Physical activity can ease MS

    Short exercise sessions can help ease pain, fight fatigue and improve quality of life in MS patients, according to a new study.

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