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Uterine Fibroids Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

Uterine fibroids, or leiomyomata, are noncancerous tumors that often result in bleeding and pain in premenopausal women. They are the leading cause of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) in the US. Researchers led by Donna Baird, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Health found that women who had low vitamin D levels are more likely to develop uterine fibroids than those who had sufficient levels. Their study involved more than 1,000 women, aged 35-49, who were screened for fibroids using ultrasound. Participants’ blood samples were also used to measure their vitamin D levels, known as 25-hydroxy D. Levels of […]

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Posted in: Menopause, News Briefs, Vitamin C, Women's Health

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Low Vitamin D Levels in Babies of Obese Moms

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that pregnant women who are obese may be passing on insufficient amounts of vitamin D to their babies. Jami L. Josefson, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and author of the study, states that although nearly all mothers involved in the study were taking prenatal vitamin supplements, babies born to obese moms had lower levels of serum vitamin D compared to lean mothers. Recent studies suggest that low vitamin D in adults is linked to an increase risk for obesity, […]

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Posted in: Babies' Health, Infant Health, News Briefs, Obesity, Vitamin D, Vitamins and Minerals, Women's Health

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Vitamin D and Women’s Mental Performance

Previous studies have linked low vitamin D levels with various poor health conditions, especially in aging individuals. Early this year, a study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A showed that men and women who have insufficient levels of the vitamin are more likely to develop disability or limitations in mobility. Two new studies published in the same journal now show that vitamin D may also be an important factor in the cognitive health or mental function of aging women. In one study, research conducted by a team led by Cedric Annweiler, MD, PhD, at the Angers University Hospital […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Osteoarthritis Pain

There are about 27 million adult Americans who are suffering from osteoarthritis, based on 2005 US census data, and researchers estimate that the lifetime risk of one developing the condition is close to 46 percent. Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition which involves the joints and is characterized by swelling, stiffness, and pain. It commonly affects the knees, the hips, and the fingers. A new study shows that black Americans who have low vitamin D levels are especially at risk for experiencing greater pain from osteoarthritis. The findings, which were published recently in Arthritis & Rheumatism, suggest that low vitamin D […]

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Large Study Links Low Vitamin D to Heart Disease

In the largest epidemiological study to date, researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark led by Dr Peter Brøndum-Jacobsen provide evidence that low vitamin D levels are associated with higher risk for heart disease and premature death due to a heart attack (myocardial infarction). Their report, published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis Vascular, Biology also suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be a marker for poor health in a general sense. Senior author Dr Børge G Nordestgaard also emphasizes the need for people to get more exposure to sunshine since vitamin D is synthesized in the skin which has been exposed adequately […]

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