Vitamin D Linked To Improved Quality Of Life For Those Over 50

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sunDr. Arash Bereliani, the board-certified physician and founder of the IV Therapy Center of Beverly Hills, explains a recent study showing the importance of vitamin D for people over 50.

A recent study published in the journal Quality of Life Research suggests that older patients with higher levels of vitamin D will experience a better quality of life. This quality of life includes more mobility, better ability to perform daily tasks, and less anxiety and depression. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.

“We’ve known for a long time that vitamin D is vitally important to our bodies,” said Dr. Arash Bereliani, founder of the IV Therapy Center of Beverly Hills. “This study confirms that and goes on to show how important vitamin D is for overall health and happiness, especially in middle-age adults.”

Where Does Vitamin D Come From?

“The majority of our vitamin D intake comes from the sun,” explained Dr. Bereliani. “While it appears naturally in some foods, this typically accounts for a small amount of what we need.”

When the body doesn’t get enough vitamin D a number of subtle but harmful symptoms can result, including cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Because of this, it is important that patients are aware of the potential for vitamin D deficiency. Common causes of low levels of vitamin D include:

* Not getting enough sunlight, which is especially common in office workers

* Not eating enough foods with vitamin D, such as eggs, fish, and cheese

* Having certain gastrointestinal problems that prevent your body from absorbing vitamin D from food

* Having kidney problems that prevent the body from converting vitamin D

* Obesity

Vitamin D Injections

If you do suffer from a deficiency of vitamin D, the solution might require more than just a day in the sun or changes to your diet.

“Vitamin D injections offer a high-dose, targeted amount of vitamin D that is specially designed to help those who are lacking,” said Dr. Bereliani. “These injections are highly effective for people of all ages, but as you can see from this study, adults over 50 can really benefit.”

In addition to offering vitamin D injections, the IV Therapy Center of Beverly Hills offers a wide range of intravenous vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, MSM, and glutathione. IV therapy and injections can be used to treat a broad variety of conditions. Some of the most common are fatigue, malabsorption, cold, flu, and certain neurological conditions.

About The IV Therapy Center

The IV Therapy Center is a leading provider of IV vitamin therapy for the prevention and treatment of a broad variety of diseases and conditions. The IV Therapy Center also offers IV treatment designed to improve overall health and well-being. We specialize in administering high-dose Vitamin C, IV glutathione, IV MSM, Myers’ cocktail, IV magnesium therapy, and a number of other injectable therapies in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.

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Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk In Obese Children And Adolescents

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obeseboyvectorbellyFrom Your Health Journal…..”Another interesting article from Science Daily that I wanted to promote entitled Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk In Obese Children And Adolescents. We discuss here on a regular basis the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, as well as the increase of obesity related illness such as heart disease, weak joints, asthma, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. We know that children today have become very sedentary, where technology is consuming their lives, to a point where physical activity is minimal. Parents are always looking for solutions – quick ones! But, as we know, there are NO quick solutions to fighting obesity. A well-rounded healthy lifestyle is the best defense to keep the weight off children – including eating properly, exercise, sleep, and proper hydration. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease. The study suggested that by increasing vitamin D intake alone was nearly as powerful as what has been seen using a prescription drug. These are interesting findings, which needs more research, but nevertheless, very interesting. Remember, this does not take away the importance of proper exercise and diet, but important. Please visit the Science Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Childhood and adolescent obesity rates in the United States have increased dramatically in the past three decades. Being obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which individuals have too much sugar in their blood. Now, University of Missouri researchers found vitamin D supplements can help obese children and teens control their blood-sugar levels, which may help them stave off the disease.

“By increasing vitamin D intake alone, we got a response that was nearly as powerful as what we have seen using a prescription drug,” said Catherine Peterson, an associate professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. “We saw a decrease in insulin levels, which means better glucose control, despite no changes in body weight, dietary intake or physical activity.”

Peterson and her colleagues studied 35 pre-diabetic obese children and adolescents who were undergoing treatment in the MU Adolescent Diabetic Obesity Program. All of those in the study had insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels and had similar diets and activity levels. Study participants randomly were assigned either a high-dose vitamin D supplement or a placebo that they took daily for six months. Those who took the supplement became vitamin D sufficient and lowered the amount of insulin in their blood.

“The vitamin D dosage we gave to the obese adolescents in our study is not something I would recommend for everyone,” Peterson said. “For clinicians, the main message from this research is to check the vitamin D status of their obese patients, because they’re likely to have insufficient amounts. Adding vitamin D supplements to their diets may be an effective addition to treating obesity and its associated insulin resistance.”

Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and nerves and enters bodies through sunlight exposure, diet or supplements. Vitamin D insufficiency is common; however, it can be more detrimental to those who are obese, Peterson said.

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Babies Of Obese Moms Show Lower Vitamin D Levels

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babyFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article recently in the Chicago Tribune written by Jessica Tobacman entitled Babies Of Obese Moms Show Lower Vitamin D Levels. Recently, a new study found babies born to women who are obese at the start of pregnancy tend to have one-third less vitamin D than the infants of lean women. Vitamin D is very important to young babies as it helps build stronger bones. The study found that obese and lean pregnant moms had the same levels of Vitamin D, but the babies did not, as the babies born to lean mothers had higher levels of Vitamin D. This is a very well written and fascinating article, as it supports the fact that reducing obesity not only helps a person live healthier, but now, it helps their children. Please visit the Chicago Tribune web site (link provided below) to support Ms. Tobacman’s article.”

From the article…..

Babies born to women who are obese at the start of pregnancy tend to have one-third less vitamin D than the infants of lean women, according to a new study led by a Northwestern Medicine professor.

Vitamin D is important for children because it helps to build strong bones, doctors say.

Dr. Jami L. Josefson and her team measured the vitamin D levels of 61 pregnant women two to four weeks before giving birth at Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. Before pregnancy, the women’s body-mass indexes ranged from obese to normal.

Just after birth, the umbilical cord blood was collected from the babies. For those with mothers who were obese, the blood contained lower levels of the vitamin.

The difference in babies’ vitamin D levels occurred despite the fact that the mothers had similar levels of the vitamin in their bodies before giving birth, said Josefson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern and an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“We were surprised that obese and lean women had similar levels of vitamin D. It made the analysis and the results more scientifically interesting to look at because the moms’ levels were similar,” she said.

The different levels in the infants could be attributed to the way that the body treats vitamin D, Josefson said.

“It’s a very accepted finding in the literature that obese people sequester vitamin D in fat tissue, which (means) it is not as available for the body. Vitamin D is carried in fat cells,” Josefson said.

The study, titled “Maternal Obesity and Vitamin D Sufficiency Are Associated with Cord Blood Vitamin D Insufficiency,” was published last month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The research is part of a larger project investigating whether body fat in later childhood and adulthood can be predicted somewhat by body fat at birth.

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Obesity Is Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency

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healthywordsFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article from Yahoo! News via MyHealthNewsDaily by Trevor Stokes entitled Obesity Is Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency. If it is not bad enough obesity can lead to heart disease, weak joints, low self esteem, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic health diseases, it can cause a deficiency in vitamin D, a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones. For every 10 % increase in body-mass index (BMI), a person can expect to have 4.2 percent drop in blood levels of vitamin D. BMI is a measurement that that an individuals height and weight information, which corresponds to a specific number on the BMI chart to see if a person’s weight falls within a healthy range. Previous research has examined whether boosting vitamin D levels by taking vitamin D supplements could help people lose weight by increasing the metabolism of fat cells or reducing inflammation that can lead to weight gain. Please visit the Yahoo! web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I found it very interesting.”

From the article…..

Being obese can cause a deficiency in vitamin D, a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones, reports a new study. However, the flip side isn’t true: Boosting blood levels of vitamin D can’t help people lose the excess weight.

According to the researchers, for every 10 percent increase in body-mass index (BMI), a person can expect to have 4.2 percent drop in blood levels of vitamin D. BMI is a measure of body fat that’s based on height and weight.

The study is published today (Feb. 5) in the journal PLOS Medicine.

As many as three-fourths of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. And 35.7 percent are obese, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using genetic information from more than 42,000 people collected across 21 studies, American and European epidemiologists tracked 12 BMI-related genes and four vitamin D-related genes in people of all weight classes. The researchers found that people with a genetic predisposition for being heavier tended to have genes related to lower levels of vitamin D. As a result, no matter how much vitamin D an obese person gets, their genes are likely going to cause them to have lower-than-optimal levels of vitamin D.

However, having the genes associated with lower levels of vitamin D formation and metabolism does not necessarily mean a person is destined to be obese.

The researchers verified their observation using another data set of genes from 46 studies that included nearly 124,000 people.

“Obese individuals need to be mindful they are likely to be vitamin D deficient,” said study author Elina Hyppönen, a reader of epidemiology and public health at the University College London Institute of Child Health. “If you lower your BMI or reduce your body fat, then your vitamin D status probably will get higher.”

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Overweight Kids More Likely to Be Deficient In Vitamin D

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From Your Health Journal…..”First, I wanted to recommend a new web site I found called MedScape Today News. Please visit their site (link below) for some great, educational articles. The article reviewed today is from their site about obesity in children and deficiency in Vitamin D. Most kids do get enough vitamin D from their diet and even from getting enough sunlight. But, a recent study states that obese or overweight children may be deficient in Vitamin D. The report also stated the national prevalence of and risk factors associated with vitamin D deficiency in overweight and obese children are unknown. The bottom line, these children will need support maintaining a healthy body weight to reduce risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and other health related problems. The report will need further attention, but reducing technology time, and ingesting proper amounts of low-fat milk each day is important for these children. I highly recommend your reading this article, so please visit the Medscape Today News for the full article. Happy holidays.

From the article…..

Vitamin D deficiency is common in overweight and obese children, especially in severely obese and minority children, according to a new report by Christy Boling Turer, MD, MHS, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues. The report was published online December 24 in Pediatrics.

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, to provide nationally representative estimates of the [body mass index (BMI)]-percentile category-specific prevalence of and risk factors associated with vitamin D deficiency in 6 to 18-year-old US children,” Dr. Turer and colleagues conclude.

According to the researchers, although excess body weight is known to be linked to vitamin D deficiency, “the national prevalence of and risk factors associated with vitamin D deficiency in overweight and obese children are unknown.”

The current study determined the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (defined as 25-hydroxyvitamin-D levels lower than 20 ng/mL) in a sample of 6- to 18-year-old children (n = 12,292) enrolled in the 2003 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The height and body weight of the children were measured, and the participants were classified as being healthy weight, overweight, obese, or severely obese. Vitamin D levels were also determined.

Vitamin D deficiency increased with the degree of obesity.

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