Saturday, February 22, 2014

Faulty Research on Vitamin D

Faulty Research on Vitamin D from Yahoo News, a article titled "No health shield from vitamin D pills: study" came out stating that Vitamin D supplements have no significant effect on preventing heart attack, stroke, cancer or bone fractures, according to a review of scientific evidence published.

Researchers led by Mark Bolland of the University of Auckland in New Zealand looked at 40 high-quality trials to see if supplements met a benchmark of reducing risk of these problems by 15 percent or more.

Previous research had seen a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and poor health in these areas.

But the new study, published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, strengthens arguments that vitamin D deficiency is usually the result of ill health -- not the cause of it.

MyAchingKnees comment:  Think of this last sentence,....this is what they are saying:  "If you are ill, you will have a Vitamin D deficiency.  But if you have a Vitamin D deficiency, you will not get sick."

Its authors say there is "little justification" for doctors to prescribe vitamin D supplements as a preventive measure for these disorders.

"Available evidence does not lend support to vitamin D supplementation and it is very unlikely that the results of a future single randomised clinical trial will materially alter the results from current meta-analyses," they write.

Vitamin D is a key component for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It is produced naturally when the skin is exposed to sunlight or derived from foods such as oily fish, egg yolks and cheese.

In March last year, British scientists, in a comparison of 4,000 women, found that vitamin D supplements taken in pregnancy made no difference to the child's bone health.

And in September 2012, researchers at New York's Rockefeller University saw no evidence that vitamin D supplements lowered cholesterol, a factor in heart disease, at least over the short term. In contrast, a November 2012 investigation into pregnant women who lived in high-latitude, northern hemisphere countries with long, dark winters found a link between low levels of natural vitamin D and an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in their offspring.

For these women, taking vitamin D supplements to offset the effects of long periods without sunlight could be advisable, according to that research.  

MyAchingKnees Comment: The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), recently completed a study that suggest Vitamin D just might be key to help a person recover faster from workouts. The study revealed that increased levels of vitamin D taken before a workout helped decrease muscular weakness. Additional research has revealed that vitamin D supports healthy bones, heart and immune function, muscle strength, and even healthy glucose levels in the normal range. Herein lies the rub - Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun during your outdoor activities, but exposure to the sun doesn’t mean you’re getting the right amount of Vitamin D. Deficiencies in Vitamin D are common during the summer months as people neglect vitamin D supplementation but still don’t get enough vitamin D-producing sunlight.

As far as Physicians or researchers giving Vitamin D to test subjects, no mention is made of the source, purity or efficacy of whatever form or manufacturer the Vitamin D came from. Most of the manufacturers of not only Vitamin D but all supplements do not produce these supplements in the nutrient doses necessary for optimal health nor produce in a process to assure the quality.

I think I'll just continue to take the 3,000 IU of Vitamin D each day. But I don't rely on Vitamin D alone.  I take a well rounded amount of all nutrients as you can't just pick the latest supplement of the month, take that exclusively and expect optimal health.  

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