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Strategies to Prevent and Treat Vitamin D Deficiency

Hi Everyone!   

Wow very sorry for not writing in such a long time.  It’s been a little difficult these days as second-year medical school has been much busier than I thought it would be.  I wanted to post up this table from Dr. Michael Holick’s New England Journal of Medicine review article (N Engl J Med 2007;357:266-81) on Vitamin D defiency and how to prevent it.   Basically, many many people we care about — 1 billion worldwide, have vitamin D deficiency.  It’s very sad, because not having enough vitamin D can contribute to many diseases — like osteoporosis, and even common cancers, autoimmune disease, infectious disease and heart disease.  Please if you get a chance, read the Holick article (http://www.uvadvantage.org/portals/0/pdf/NEJournalofMedicine.pdf).  And check out the following table, which is from that article, which can help you make some of your decisions together with your doctor.

Best wishes!

Jeff

Strategies

October 13, 2007 Posted by | Nutrition | , , , , , | 8 Comments