Vitamin D might be factor in longer life -

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Vitamin D is good for your bones, doctors have said for years, but new research suggests that taking a vitamin pill a day might extend your life. Full Story
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David Hall-MD Rockport ME

United States

#1 Sep 11, 2007
The evidence for benefits of Vitamin D continue to accumulate. The lack of evidence of risk at the recommended doses is reassuring. I will continue to emphasize these benfits in my family medicine practice.
Judy

United States

#2 Sep 11, 2007
It seems that the best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, 20 minutes a day is all you need. It is amazing to me that the sunscreen industry and dermotologists won't just fess up that the sun is actually good for you. So, instead they promote putting fear into everyone's mind about the sun being bad for you and look what has happened. An epidemic in Vitamin D deficiency, rickets are returning, preclampsia, breast and colon cancers are on the rise and continue. You are more likely to get cancer from sunscreen getting into your bloodstream and then your organs then from the sun.
So, stop slathering chemical sunscreen on your bodies, enjoy the sun in moderation, avoid sunburn and enjoy the healthy benefits of the real source of Vitamin D, 20 minutes a day in the SUN!
impatient

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Sep 11, 2007
Family Doctors should be insisting their patients take Vit. D, and calcium. And, supplying them with adequate literature to educate them properly.
Ted Hutchinson

UK

#4 Sep 11, 2007
"Risk assessment for vitamin D" by John N Hathcock, Andrew Shao, Reinhold Vieth and Robert Heaney explains the safety of Vitamin D3 for anyone with any worries. There is an interesting talk by Vieth on the topic online at the Conference "Contemporary Diagnosis and Treatment of Vitamin D-Related Disorders" Session 4: Vitamin D and Population Health

When buying your Vitamin D do make sure you buy the most effective form. "The case against ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) as a vitamin supplement" Lisa A Houghton and Reinhold Vieth explains why the more expensive, most frequently prescribed form should be in the garbage.

"The urgent need to recommend an intake of vitamin D that is effective" too many authors to list, shows us that 400iu raises status by approximately 9nmol/L
Most UK readers have levels around 40nmol/L for most of the Winter for them to achieve the level associated with the lowest cancer incidence 137.5nmol/L will require far more than is generally recognised.
Zoe

AOL

#5 Sep 11, 2007
Since taking Vit D supplements under my doctor's orders, getting the blood levels up, I no longer suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SADD), depression is gone, and She tells me it is good for bone density as well.
Zoe

AOL

#6 Sep 11, 2007
PS Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D to take.
Kevin from New Zealand

New Zealand

#7 Sep 11, 2007
A very informative article-- it presents both sides of the argument in a balanced way --without making extravagant claims as other articles of this genre seem to do.

Interesting to see that people are being advised to "get a little sun"

The potential to save lives, using basic nutrition--is huge.
chris

Perth, Canada

#8 Sep 11, 2007
yes, vitaimin d has many benefits and the article makes sense.
Susan

Salinas, CA

#9 Sep 12, 2007
I was denied Vitamin D at my pharmacy because of what could be its misuse. That is, taking too much. Does it have to be prescribed?
William S Coleman III

Shrewsbury, MA

#10 Sep 12, 2007
I recently had some blood work done in prep for a physical.
To make this more complete for me I requested a vitiman D
analysis. When the results came back it showed I was
deficient in 3 levels..
My Doctor said you may need to take a supplement.
I did and within 24 hours I starting to feel great.
My bones and joints no longer hurt in the morning.
Now I walk more and have losed 6 solid pounds.
I first got the Idea of requesting the Vitiman D test from a workshop on the health of African American men with research provided by Harvard Medical School and University of Masschusetts School of Public Health.
Request a Vitiman D analysis.........
I have suggested this to all my friends and they agree
the vitiman D (1000 units ) suppliment works.
William S. Coleman III
Nutrition Educator
University of Massachusetts Extension Amherst
wsc3@nutrition.umass.edu
holy

Arcata, CA

#11 Sep 12, 2007
kind,
d2 is plant based, d3 comes from animal source, choose plant source, to avoid side effects that are deadly that all animal products bring. there are other types of vitamin d i read on internet but these is most known, such as soy & rice milk has d2 fortified. orange juice at timesa has d3 added, some has d2, so be careful. vegan sources of d is needed & is available online. the body stores d, so those living above about 40 degrees lattitude should check in november with doctor in a test to see if you have enough to last though winter so when march happens you haven't forgotten & suffer. which they say causes crippledness. one needs not a blood test i read to find out if i assume liver has stored enough d. kind
Del

Victoria, Canada

#12 Sep 12, 2007
Vitamin D is not a vitamin it is a hormone.
Stella

Colorado Springs, CO

#13 Sep 12, 2007
I found the artical very informative. I have lived in Ariz. most of my life, so not getting enough sun wasn't a problem for 20 years, then I went to work in a factory. Now that I'm retired and live in Colo. I will take heed and suplement my vitamin D. At 70, it's never too late. Thanks
MICHELE

United States

#14 Sep 12, 2007
HOW LONG HAS THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BEEN TRYING TO FIND A CURE? IT MAKES SENSE AND IS SUCH A SIMPLE REMEDY TO JUST TAKE A SUPPLEMENT LIKE VIT D! JUST THINK HOW MUCH LIVES AND MONEY COULD BE SAVED. THE ADDED BENEFIT OF SPENDING MORE TIME IN THE SUN CERTAINLY WOULD INCREASE OUR HAPPINESS TOO!!
Susan

Jackson, NJ

#15 Sep 12, 2007
Vitamin D is not a vitamin!!!
S Janulis

Lady Lake, FL

#16 Sep 12, 2007
Several yrs. ago my Dr. told me not to take more than 400 IU's of vitamin D, and recently my friend has told me that her primary caretaker told her to take 1000 IU's. I checked it out and found it to be true. After reading this article, I may think about doubling my dose.
Since taking the 1000 IU along with my regular calcium, I quit the Boniva. And when I went in for my bone density test, it improved without the cancer causing pill. I would rather eat better, and rely on vitamins than to take pills with not so great side effects.
Mike Lafate

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Sep 12, 2007
Before the passing of the last few years that have revealed how Vitamin D has far more health benifits than previouslly suspected, many profesionals in the health care industry would have included vitiman D as just one of the useles vitamins that people are wasting their money on. Are we really ready to write them all off as worthless except for "TA DA" vitamin D? It is a challenge to figure out what is hype and misinterpreted data, as opposed to well thought out research that takes a bigger picture into cosideration. But there are many examples of how easy it is to espouse an opinion, and because you wear a label such as Doctor, Dietician, or indian chief, others say "yep thats bound to be the truth" I had a Doctor once trying to exaplain to me that a vegetarian does not need to take a vitamin B 12 supplement because he can get plenty from green leafy vegetables! But the truth is B 12 comes naturally only from animal sources and if you are a strict vegetarian you need to supplement with this vitamin. I had a friend who was lactose intolerant and a Dietician told him he does not need to take a calcium supplement to compensate for the lack of dairy foods in his diet, because you can get all the calcium you need from spinach and broccoli and other calcium "rich" foods. So I showed him how much calcium there was in a whole can of spinach and how much on average there is in a serving of broccoli and ask him if he was prepared to eat on a daily basis the quantity of those types of foods required just to hit the minimum daily requirement. Well of course he was'nt and I do not personally know someone who has actually done it though I will not go so far as to say it is impossible to do.
The point is untill someone tells me how a poor boy living in the modern world can actually eat a diet rich in all the vitamins and minerals that you are supposed to have, even at the minimum daily requirement, day in and day out, and keep your caloric intake low enough not to weigh 300lb with your suburban office life style, even if you do manage to work out at least the minimum 30 minutes three times a week, I will continue to hedge my bet with supplements untill some "chief" who wants to think for me finally takes away my choice to do so.
ANNE

Moody, AL

#18 Sep 12, 2007
WOULD BE INTERESTED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN D AND FIBRO MYALGIA------ENJOYED THE ARTICLE .
ANNE

Moody, AL

#19 Sep 12, 2007
ARTICLE WAS RELAVENT TO SOME OF THE INFORMATION I HAVE READ ABOUT VITAMIN D----I AM DIABETIC, AND WONDER IF VITAMIN D PLAYS ANY PART IN THE PREVENTION OF, OR CONTROL OF DIABETES----ALSO PICKED UP SOME INFORMATION A WHILE AGO ABOUT FIBRO MYALGIA AND VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION---A FRIEND OF MINE SAID THAT HER CONDITION IMPROVED EVERY SUMMER WHEN SHE WORKED IN HER GARDEN---( THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE THE D)---INFORMATION PLEASE!!!!!
Dick J

Oakville, Canada

#20 Sep 13, 2007
It`s time for "alternative" [natural] medicine to come into it`s own,[again] like it never should have been pushed aside by the large drug companies. These companies try to emulate nature for profit & their track record is quite dismal. More power to all the scientist & researchers that find & re find all of nature's "cures & preventions".

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