Saturday, January 12, 2008

Want to stay younger, and protect against chronic diseases... Get more sun & vitamin D...

Vitamin D is all over the news lately. Experts are recommending at least 1000 IU's and optimally 2000 IU's per day, as well as getting more sunshine. Take a moment and read these articles and make sure you are taking a multi that has increased it's levels of vitamin D3 to at least 1000 IU's. cw

Vitamin D helps slow ageing...
Healthy levels of vitamin D may help to slow the ageing process and protect against age-related diseases, a team of British scientists has found. The claim follows a study of more than 2,000 women which found that those with the lowest vitamin D levels showed the greatest signs of biological ageing. Dr Richards, whose study was published yesterday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said: "These results are exciting because they demonstrate for the first time that people who have higher levels of vitamin D may age more slowly than people with lower levels of vitamin D. This could help explain how vitamin D has a protective effect on many ageing-related diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. What's interesting is that there's a huge body of evidence that shows sunshine ages your skin - but it also increases your vitamin D levels. So, like many times in medicine, we find there's a trade-off."

Vitamin D deficiency accelerates aging in the elderly...
by David Gutierrez (NewsTarget)
Insufficient intake of vitamin D may lead to decreased physical strength, increased muscle weakness and increased risk of disability in older women and men, according to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.Because vitamin D deficiency is widespread, the researchers have suggested that increasing vitamin D intake may help older adults decrease their risk of disability and maintain better muscle strength and physical performance.Researchers measured the serum levels of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D for 976 adults over the age of 64. They also took measures of grip strength -- which is a good predictor of the risk of future disability -- and physical performance.Twenty-nine percent of the women and 14 percent of the men participating were found to be vitamin D deficient, as measured by their blood levels. Compared to the participants with normal vitamin D levels, these people scored 5 to 10 percent lower on measures of grip strength and physical performance. This correlation was found to be independent of other factors, including the participant's activity level, mental function, weight and overall health.

Sunshine seen as weapon against cancer...
The benefits of sun exposure are highlighted in two new studies which suggest moderate amounts of sunlight may outweigh the risks of skin cancer, especially for people in colder climates, and that a lack of vitamin D is linked to heart disease.
Norwegian and US researchers found survival rates in people with major internal cancers such as bowel, lung and breast cancer were higher for those from countries in southern latitudes, such as Australia, who produced more vitamin D.
“The skin cancer risk is there but the health benefits from some sun exposure is far larger than the risk,” leader of the study Johan Moan, from the Institute for Cancer Research in Oslo, said. “What we find is that modest sun exposure gives enormous vitamin D benefits.”

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased heart disease risk...
By Stephen Daniells
08/01/2008 - Low levels of vitamin D could increase the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack, heart failure or stroke by 62 per cent, suggests a new study from the US.
And the outlook could be even worse for those with high blood pressure and low blood levels of vitamin with a doubling of the risk, report researchers in the journal Circulation - the Journal of the American Heart Association. Interest in vitamin D has been increasing in recent months with an increasing number of studies linking the vitamin to protection against osteoporosis and certain cancers. There is also evidence that a higher intake of vitamin D may be helpful in preventing and treating high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin D deficiency doubles heart disease risk ...
Moderate vitamin D deficiency nearly doubles the risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and heart failure over a mean of 5.4 years in patients with high blood pressure, according to media reports Tuesday quoting Harvard researchers. Research indicated that those with low vitamin D levels had about a 60 percent higher risk of a cardiovascular event like heart attack, heart failure or stroke compared to those with higher levels, even with well-known cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure taken into account.




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