Building Strong Bones with Vitamin D

Even before we knew what vitamin D was, we’ve understood that it is important for building strong bones. Bone isn’t an inert organ. It has critical functions in the body, which can be divided into three [more…]

Osteoporosis and Vitamin D

Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disease in which both the structure of the bone and its mineralization are reduced. Vitamin D deficiency may be a risk factor, especially for women. People with osteoporosis [more…]

Diagnosing and Treating Osteoporosis

Doctors diagnose osteoporosis by performing a bone densitometry test, which measures the amount of mineral per square centimeter of bone. The areas studied in a bone densitometry study are usually the [more…]

Vitamin D, Calcium, and Bone Health in Seniors

When seniors comply with their recommended calcium intake and their vitamin D levels are sufficient, bone fracture risk is significantly reduced compared to seniors who don’t get enough calcium or have [more…]

How Vitamin D Levels Affect Teeth

Teeth aren’t exactly bones, but they’re made up of similar tissues and are subject to the same problems bones may have. Vitamin D deficiency, including the conditions of rickets and osteomalacia, also [more…]

The Role of Vitamin D in Boosting the Immune System

Vitamin D may have a role in boosting the immune system and helping your body fight off nasty infections such as the flu and tuberculosis. Many books have been written about the positive effect of sunlight [more…]

How Vitamin D Can Help Prevent Cancer

Over the last 30 years, evidence has accumulated that shows higher vitamin D status intake or higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels may prevent cancer. Since 1980, 16 different cancers have been shown to be [more…]

The Link between Vitamin D and Coronary Artery Disease

Some researchers think there is a link between vitamin D levels and coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the term for the type of cardiovascular disease with progressive closing of arteries that supply [more…]

Looking at Vitamin D's Role in Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is exceedingly common in the United States, occurring in one of every four people, or 75 million Americans. Vitamin D may be used to help prevent or treat high blood pressure. Only [more…]

Examining Vitamin D's Effect on the Brain

Recent studies suggest that vitamin D may play a role in brain development and brain health from birth to old age. Interesting new associations link high vitamin D status to the prevention of certain psychiatric [more…]

Understanding the Role of Vitamin D in Depression

Vitamin D may play a role in several brain disorders that cause depression, so is it any surprise that people have looked for a role for vitamin D in depression? Depression, which psychiatrists officially [more…]

Managing Your Weight with Vitamin D

In our increasingly overweight society, weight management has become an important concern. Substantial information suggests that vitamin D plays a role in fat cell biology and that this may relate to weight [more…]