Several studies are now suggesting that low vitamin D levels are linked to increased risk of getting COVID-19. And if you get COVID-19, low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of developing serious symptoms requiring admission to intensive care, and also not surviving. These studies are observational and don't prove that vitamin ...continue reading "Vitamin D and COVID-19"
A recent study found that giving daily vitamin D supplements to children with severe asthma and low vitamin D levels did not prevent severe asthma attacks, reduce the time to an asthmatic attack, or enable the children to reduce the maintenance dose of an inhaled corticosteroid. Very disappointing! As of 2018, it is estimated that ...continue reading "Children With Severe Asthma Not Helped By Vitamin D Supplements"
Disappointing results from a large study of more than 18,000 adults that looked at whether daily vitamin D supplements for 5 years helps prevent depression. The Harvard Medical School researchers found that vitamin D didn't prevent depression or improve mood. The study was large (more than 18,000 adults over the age of 50), double-blind (no one knew ...continue reading "Study Finds That Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Prevent Depression"
Researchers in Canada found that sunlight (or UVB light) on the skin changes the gut microbes (gut microbiome), especially in people with lower levels of vitamin D, that is, who are vitamin D deficient. UVB (Ultraviolet B light) exposure increased beneficial gut microbe diversity and richness in these people, as well as increasing their vitamin ...continue reading "Exposure To Sunlight Improves Gut Microbes and Vitamin D Levels"
For years researchers have been finding links between vitamin D and all sorts of health benefits, including lower incidence of cancer with higher vitamin D levels. A recent study by Michigan State physicians found that taking vitamin D supplements for at least 3 years resulted in cancer patients living longer, that is, "having significant reduction ...continue reading "Vitamin D and Cancer"
For a few years I've been noticing that studies of vitamin D have had mixed results for a number of medical conditions. A number of times initial studies found an association with low levels of vitamin D and a number of medical conditions, but follow up well-designed studies are just not finding the same results ...continue reading "Recent Vitamin D Studies Have Mixed Results"
The results of a recent study by Vanderbilt University may help explain why some people have difficulty raising their low vitamin D levels - it may be that their magnesium levels are low. It appears that magnesium may regulate vitamin D levels - when vitamin D levels are low, magnesium supplementation raises vitamin D levels, ...continue reading "Magnesium Regulates Vitamin D Levels In the Body?"
Long-awaited vitamin D studies are finally appearing this year. A large international study found that higher levels of vitamin D in a person's blood is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Those with the highest vitamin D levels had a 21% lower risk (compared to the lowest group) of colorectal cancer after an ...continue reading "Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer Risk"
The last post was about several reviews of vitamin D studies, and how when people are put randomly into different groups and then followed for a while - that the studies generally are not finding the same wonderful effects of higher levels of vitamin D in the blood that observational studies are finding - instead ...continue reading "Five Studies Looking at Vitamin D and Health"
The controversy over whether people should be supplementing with vitamin D or not, and whether there are health benefits or harms from vitamin D supplementation is heating up. While observational studies have found health benefits with higher vitamin D blood levels, the beneficial results have generally not held up (or mixed findings) when people were ...continue reading "Mixed Findings In Vitamin D Supplement Studies"