Deficiency of vitamin D3 and Diabetes

Deficiency of Vitamin D has been associated with both Type I and Type 2 diabetes and with metabolic syndrome (a combination of high blood pressure, abnormal blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, insulin resistance and excess abdominal fat that often goes along Type 2 diabetes). (more…)

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Vitamin D deficiency causes muscular pain

The current medical studies have shown that one of causes of muscular pain (myalgia) is vitamin D deficiency. In those with myalgia, blood vitamin D levels were generally lower (28.6 v 34.2 ng/mL). After the myalgic patients with vitamin D deficiency were treated with vitamin D at a dose of 50,000 IU each week for 12 weeks the symptoms of myalgia were resolved in more than 92 per cent of the individuals treated.This gives hope to individuals who are taking statin drugs for reducing cholesterol levels because statins treatment often causes myalgic symptoms.
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Vitamin D3 and Cancer

Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Without enough vitamin D, the body can only absorb 10% to 15% of dietary calcium. However, the less known fact is that Vitamin D has an important role in regulating cell growth. Laboratory experiments suggest that it helps prevent the unrestrained cell multiplication that characterises cancer by reducing cell division and restricting tumor blood supply (angiogenesis), increasing the death of cancer cells (apoptosis), and limiting the spread of cancer cells (metastasis). (more…)

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Vitamin D helps combat age-related eye disease

Recent research, published in the journal Neurobiology of Ageing, suggests that Vitamin D supplements may help combat the effects of age-related eye disease, such as macular degeneration (AMD). Lead researcher Professor Glen Jeffery, from the Institute of Opthalmology at University College London, explains that the blood vessels supplying the retina can become inflamed and accumulate debris as we age. This can result in a decline of up to 30 per cent in the numbers of light receptive cells in the eye by the time we are 70. (more…)

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Benefits of Vitamin D for Healthy Bones

Vitamin D is a hormone that helps regulate calcium levels – The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Without enough vitamin D, one can’t form enough of the hormone calcitriol (known as the “active vitamin D”). This in turn leads to insufficient calcium absorption from the diet. In this situation, the body must take calcium from its stores in the skeleton, which weakens existing bone and prevents the formation of strong, new bone.

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