Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Diabetic Retinopathy

Chicago, Illinois – A new study has found that patients with diabetic retinopathy, especially the proliferative type, are more likely to have insufficient serum vitamin D levels than people without diabetes, suggesting a link between vitamin D deficiency and one of the leading causes of blindness in adults. The principal investigator presented the findings in a poster here at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology 2010 Joint Meeting.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Associated With Bone Loss, Vitamin D Deficiency

San Antonio, TexasPatients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are vitamin D deficient have a significantly increased risk for osteoporosis, osteopenia, and abnormal bone density levels, irrespective of other factors that could place them at a higher risk, according to research presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course.

Clinical Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression in Older Adults

In a British national survey of older adults, clinical vitamin D deficiency, defined as a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) level less than 10 ng/mL, was significantly associated with depressive symptoms, independent of age, sex, social class, physical health status, and season.

Skin Cancer Patients at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency

Patients with basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS) who carefully avoid sun exposure might be trading one form of risk for another, according to American researchers.

Of the 41 patients with BCNS participating in a 2-year celecoxib chemoprevention trial, 23 (56%) were deficient in vitamin D, report lead author Jean Y. Tang, MD, PhD, and colleagues in the October issue of the Archives of Dermatology. Vitamin D levels are partly determined by a person’s sun exposure; in the study, a deficiency was defined as a 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) level of 20 ng/mL or below.

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Chronic Tension-type Headache with Vitamin D Deficiency: Casual or Causal Association?

The prevalence of tension-type headache and vitamin D deficiency are both very high in the general population. The inter-relations between the two have not been explored in the literature. We report 8 patients with chronic tension-type headache and vitamin D deficiency (osteomalacia). All the patients responded poorly to conventional therapy for tension headache. The headache and osteomalacia of each of the 8 patients responded to vitamin D and calcium supplementation. The improvement in the headache was much earlier than the improvements in the symptom complex of osteomalacia. We also speculate on the possible mechanisms for headache in the patients with vitamin D deficiency

Dr. Pinna says:

If you haven’t gotten the message, you are probably Vitamin D deficient.

Go out and buy a bottle. It’s cheap.

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