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Vitamin D may protect children from respiratory infections. Vitamin D may protect children from respiratory illnesses
Date: 2012-08-21 14:54:27
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that children are less likely to develop respiratory infections in the winter if they have higher levels of vitamin D. This study may be essential to individuals who are deficient in the nutrient, as determined by a lab test.... Full Story

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of death among senior citizens who are considered frail. Risk of death is high among frail seniors with low vitamin D
Date: 2012-08-06 13:17:03
While senior citizens are at risk for several chronic health conditions, new research suggests that a vitamin D deficiency is especially dangerous for elderly people who may be considered frail. Based on this study, these individuals may benefit from a lab test that measures levels of the nutrient.... Full Story

A vitamin D deficiency may aggravate smoking's effects on the lungs. Vitamin D deficiency may aggravate smoking's effects on the lungs
Date: 2012-07-20 13:56:53
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital discovered that lung function among smokers may be worse for individuals who are deficient in vitamin D. Individuals who are worried about whether they are consuming enough of this nutrient may undergo a blood test to find out.... Full Story

Obese individuals who don't consume enough vitamin D may be at risk for diabetes. Study: Obesity and vitamin D deficiency compound diabetes risk
Date: 2012-07-18 13:57:32
New research from Drexel University suggests that a vitamin D deficiency may aggravate obese individuals' risk of developing diabetes. These findings may underscore the importance of a lab test to measure vitamin D levels among people who have weight problems.... Full Story

A vitamin D deficiency may prevent asthmatics from experiencing the benefits of corticosteroids. Vitamin D deficiency may prevent improvements in lung function for some asthmatics
Date: 2012-07-16 13:34:49
Children who need to take inhaled corticosteroids for asthma may not see full benefits of the medication if they have a vitamin D deficiency, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School. Blood testing for this nutrient may help identify patients who could benefit from vitamin D supplements.... Full Story

New study shows benefit to vitamin D supplementation in seniors  New study shows benefit to vitamin D supplementation in seniors
Date: 2012-07-09 08:00:23
High doses of vitamin D may help older adults avoid experiencing fractures, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings suggest that seniors may want to consider blood testing to determine if they could benefit from boosting their vitamin D levels.... Full Story

Treating vitamin D deficiency improves depression treatments   Treating vitamin D deficiency improves depression treatments
Date: 2012-06-27 15:23:33
Individuals who suffer from depression may want to consider blood testing to measure their vitamin D levels. New research suggests that people who have mood disorders often experience improvements in their condition when they increase vitamin D levels.... Full Story

Individuals need new methods of improving vitamin D levels  Individuals need new methods of improving vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-06-25 15:46:04
It may pay off for individuals to protect themselves from the sun's rays, as this can help minimize the risk of skin cancer. But it can increase the chances of receiving a blood test indicating low levels of vitamin D, which could lead to numerous health risks.... Full Story

Expert calls for more research into benefits of vitamin D  Expert calls for more research into benefits of vitamin D
Date: 2012-06-19 15:39:00
Blood tests for vitamin D are considered an important part of understanding nutritional status. However, it is still not known exactly how much of the nutrient a person should have in their body. For this reason, experts are calling for more investigations to be conducted.... Full Story

Calcium and vitamin D may help reduce mortality rate in seniors   Calcium and vitamin D may help reduce mortality rate in seniors
Date: 2012-06-18 15:44:01
Older adults may want to consider blood tests for vitamin D levels and take supplements if their levels are low. New research indicates that seniors live longer when they take vitamin D and calcium supplements.... Full Story

Agency recommends against calcium, vitamin D supplementation   Agency recommends against calcium, vitamin D supplementation
Date: 2012-06-13 15:35:17
Experts commonly recommend that older adults consider blood testing to measure vitamin D levels and instruct patients to take calcium and vitamin D supplements if levels are low. It was believed that this could help prevent fractures However, a government panel has recommended against using these supplements for the prevention of fractures.... Full Story

New paper links low vitamin D levels to high cancer mortality rates in African Americans New paper links low vitamin D levels to high cancer mortality rates in African Americans
Date: 2012-06-11 16:03:59
African Americans who are undergoing treatment for cancer may want to consider seeking blood testing to measure vitamin D levels. A new paper suggests that low levels of the nutrient in this group may account for high cancer-related mortality rates.... Full Story

Low vitamin D levels may increase stroke risk Low vitamin D levels may increase stroke risk
Date: 2012-06-08 15:51:59
Individuals may benefit from blood testing to measure vitamin D levels, particularly if they are at risk for suffering a stroke. New research indicates that people who consume little vitamin D through their diet face an increased risk of suffering a stroke.... Full Story

Erectile dysfunction may be linked to vitamin D deficiency   Erectile dysfunction may be linked to vitamin D deficiency
Date: 2012-06-07 07:50:30
Men who experience erectile dysfunction may benefit from blood testing to measure their vitamin D levels. A new paper suggests that deficiencies of this nutrient may be behind many cases of sexual difficulty.... Full Story

Very high levels of vitamin D may be a health risk   Very high levels of vitamin D may be a health risk
Date: 2012-06-05 15:47:43
Numerous studies have confirmed in recent years that having low levels of vitamin D is bad for a person's health. However, a new investigation suggests that excessively high levels may also be a health risk factor. The findings underscore the importance of blood testing to measure and manage vitamin D levels.... Full Story

Low vitamin D linked to loss of mobility in seniors   Low vitamin D linked to loss of mobility in seniors
Date: 2012-06-01 16:00:55
Older adults may benefit from blood testing to measure vitamin D levels, as new evidence suggests that individuals who have low levels of the nutrient may face an increased risk of developing mobility problems.... Full Story

Low vitamin D in pregnancy may lead to overweight children   Low vitamin D in pregnancy may lead to overweight children
Date: 2012-05-31 16:28:46
Pregnant women may benefit from blood testing to assess their vitamin D levels. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that women who have low levels of the nutrient face a high risk of having overweight children.... Full Story

Vitamin D may improve heart failure treatment outcomes   Vitamin D may improve heart failure treatment outcomes
Date: 2012-05-30 16:11:15
Individuals who suffer from heart failure may benefit from seeking blood testing to measure their vitamin D levels. New research suggests that this nutrient may play an important role in the development of the condition.... Full Story

Vitamin D recommendations may not reflect different nutritional needs   Vitamin D recommendations may not reflect different nutritional needs
Date: 2012-05-29 15:49:55
Blood testing to measure vitamin D levels is important because many experts say that even if a person consumes the recommended amount of the nutrient every day they may still have insufficient levels in their blood. This is because dietary recommendations may not reflect what the body truly needs.... Full Story

Group calls for further investigation of vitamin D health benefits   Group calls for further investigation of vitamin D health benefits
Date: 2012-05-21 16:02:58
A significant amount of evidence has surfaced in recent years suggesting that vitamin D may play an important role in a number of areas of health. Now, the Endocrine Society is calling for new studies to corroborate this evidence and determine once and for all how important the nutrient is to overall health.... Full Story

Higher vitamin D levels may benefit multiple sclerosis patients Higher vitamin D levels may benefit multiple sclerosis patients
Date: 2012-05-15 15:59:41
Multiple sclerosis can lead to a significant degree of physical and mental disability, but new research indicates that maintaining higher vitamin D levels may help patients avoid severe limitations. These individuals may benefit from blood testing for vitamin D.... Full Story

Vitamin D may slow prostate cancer growth Vitamin D may slow prostate cancer growth
Date: 2012-05-14 16:00:45
New research suggests that maintaining high levels of vitamin D may help slow the spread of prostate cancer. Individuals who have been diagnosed with low-grade tumors may want consider lab testing to check their levels of this important nutrient.... Full Story

High vitamin D helps prediabetics improve their condition   High vitamin D helps prediabetics improve their condition
Date: 2012-05-10 16:25:51
Individuals with prediabetes who have high vitamin D levels may face a low risk of developing the full-blown metabolic disorder, according to a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care.... Full Story

Blocking the sun may lead to low vitamin D levels   Blocking the sun may lead to low vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-05-03 16:08:56
Over the past couple decades fears over the dangers of sun exposure have grown. Evidence linking UV radiation to an increased risk of skin cancer mounted, and people began using more sun screen. This may protect the health of the skin, but experts say it may also contribute to the rising number of people who receive blood tests indicating they have low vitamin D levels.... Full Story

New study determines optimal vitamin D blood levels  New study determines optimal vitamin D blood levels
Date: 2012-05-02 16:26:09
Blood testing to measure vitamin D levels is recognized as an important part of maintaining overall health, but experts and medical societies often disagree on the level at which vitamin D levels should be kept. This may cause some physicians to forego testing.... Full Story

New study explains why vitamin D benefits immune health  New study explains why vitamin D benefits immune health
Date: 2012-05-01 16:10:51
Individuals who are prone to getting sick may benefit from seeking blood testing to measure their vitamin D levels. New research indicates that this nutrient plays an important role in fighting off viral infections.... Full Story

Vitamin D supplementation may lower blood pressure  Vitamin D supplementation may lower blood pressure
Date: 2012-04-30 11:06:03
Individuals who have high blood pressure may want to consider blood testing to have their vitamin D levels checked. New research suggests that low levels of this nutrient may contribute to hypertension and supplementation may do as much to eliminate the problem as some drugs.... Full Story

Doctors may be unsure about testing children's vitamin D levels   Doctors may be unsure about testing children's vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-04-20 15:54:39
Administering blood tests to young people to measure their vitamin D levels is not currently a standard part of pediatric care. However, this does not mean that all children have healthy levels of the nutrient.... Full Story

Vitamin D may support healthy testosterone levels   Vitamin D may support healthy testosterone levels
Date: 2012-04-19 15:53:07
Higher vitamin D levels may lead to healthier blood tests for testosterone in men, according to a recent study published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology. The Harvard School of Public Health researchers who conducted the investigation said this could play an important role in supporting many areas of men's health.... Full Story

A little more sun exposure may be good for vitamin D levels  A little more sun exposure may be good for vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-04-18 15:53:49
Many people are wary of spending too much time in the sun, and rightfully so. Extended periods of sun exposure can cause painful burns and even increase the risk of skin cancer. But experts say this does not mean people should shun the sun entirely. A few minutes each day may be necessary for avoiding unhealthy blood tests for vitamin D.... Full Story

With few food sources, many people may have low vitamin D   With few food sources, many people may have low vitamin D
Date: 2012-04-11 15:58:41
Blood testing for vitamin D may play an important role in a person's overall health. Experts say that very few people in the U.S. consume adequate quantities of the nutrient, which may put them at risk for potentially serious health consequences.... Full Story

Many health problems may be linked to low vitamin D levels   Many health problems may be linked to low vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-04-09 15:56:08
For individuals who have experienced extended bouts of low mood and energy levels that have gone unexplained, it may be time to talk to the doctor about blood testing for vitamin D. Experts say that this nutrient is linked to a number of areas of health, including ones that most people may never have thought of before.... Full Story

Researchers find geographic differences in vitamin D deficiency rates Researchers find geographic differences in vitamin D deficiency rates
Date: 2012-04-06 15:50:53
Where a person lives may play a major role in determining whether they will receive a blood test indicating they have a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study published in the Journal of Rural Life.... Full Story

Tanning beds are no use for improving vitamin D levels   Tanning beds are no use for improving vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-04-05 15:59:16
For most people, the main source of vitamin D is what their skin produces when it is exposed to the sun rays. Yet, many people live in areas that get little sunlight. This may lead to low blood tests for vitamin D.... Full Story

Vitamin D status linked to mortality rate in intensive care patients   Vitamin D status linked to mortality rate in intensive care patients
Date: 2012-04-03 15:59:20
Blood testing to measure vitamin D levels may play an important role in preserving the health of patients in intensive care units, as a new study has found that these patients live shorter lives when they have vitamin D deficiencies.... Full Story

New study links vitamin D deficiency to heart disease, diabetes, death   New study links vitamin D deficiency to heart disease, diabetes, death
Date: 2012-03-27 15:53:43
Blood testing for vitamin D levels may help people know if they should be taking supplements, which may be linked to a longer, healthier life, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.... Full Story

Doctors should be aware of vitamin D deficiency prevalence, experts say  Doctors should be aware of vitamin D deficiency prevalence, experts say
Date: 2012-03-22 15:51:01
Vitamin D deficiency is much more common than many people are aware. For this reason, experts say that doctors need to be conscious of their patients' risk factors and recommend blood tests to determine vitamin D status if it appears someone may be deficient.... Full Story

Most people need more vitamin D than they think   Most people need more vitamin D than they think
Date: 2012-03-15 15:58:50
As more information continues to surface regarding the importance of vitamin D, blood testing to measure the levels of the nutrient in the blood have never been more important. Now, scientists realize that more people may be deficient than previously thought and higher doses are needed to maintain adequate levels.... Full Story

Expert recommends individuals pay attention to vitamin D levels  Expert recommends individuals pay attention to vitamin D levels
Date: 2012-03-09 17:04:44
Given the high number of scientific investigations that have come out in recent years highlighting the health benefits of vitamin D, medical experts are increasingly urging their patients to receive blood testing to find out if they are deficient.... Full Story

Researchers explain how vitamin D may benefit Alzheimer's patients   Researchers explain how vitamin D may benefit Alzheimer's patients
Date: 2012-03-07 16:55:47
Blood tests for vitamin D levels may play an important role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients. New research indicates that the nutrient activates processes in the immune system that may support health brain function.... Full Story

Higher vitamin D levels may protect girls from stress fractures   Higher vitamin D levels may protect girls from stress fractures
Date: 2012-03-06 16:36:48
Stress fractures are a relatively common problem among girls, particularly those who participate in high-impact activities. However, a blood test for vitamin D levels may help protect girls from this problem, as new research suggests that higher levels of the nutrient make girls less likely to experience a stress fracture.... Full Story

Older women may need vitamin D supplements   Older women may need vitamin D supplements
Date: 2012-02-27 16:44:35
Post-menopausal women may benefit from taking vitamin D supplements and seeking lab testing to make sure they have adequate levels. Experts say that these individuals need the nutrient more than anyone else.... Full Story

Expert calls vitamin D deficiency major public health challenge   Expert calls vitamin D deficiency major public health challenge
Date: 2012-02-24 17:03:01
There was a time when vitamin D was simply thought to aid in the absorption of calcium. However, studies published in recent years have shown that it actually plays a role in many areas of health. This has led doctors to recommend that patients receive lab testing for vitamin D levels.... Full Story

Experts recommend vitamin D blood testing for all children  Experts recommend vitamin D blood testing for all children
Date: 2012-02-23 16:44:24
All children should receive blood tests to measure their vitamin D levels, according to a team of experts from Johns Hopkins University. They say vitamin D deficiency is a common problem in youths that can lead to severe health issues.... Full Story

Vitamin D deficiency common among African Americans   Vitamin D deficiency common among African Americans
Date: 2012-02-16 17:01:05
Most people in the U.S. have low levels of vitamin D, but the problem is worse among individuals with darker skin colors. These individuals may benefit from blood testing to measure the amount of the nutrient in their systems, as this may enable them to take steps to boost their vitamin D levels if necessary.... Full Story

Vitamin D levels may predict depression relapse   Vitamin D levels may predict depression relapse
Date: 2012-02-14 16:49:28
Blood tests for vitamin D levels may be useful for predicting a depression patient's chances of relapse, according to a new study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.... Full Story

Vitamin D deficiency prevalent among seniors   Vitamin D deficiency prevalent among seniors
Date: 2012-02-08 17:01:41
Lab tests to measure vitamin D levels may play an important role in the care of trauma patients, as a new study indicates that a percentage of these individuals may have dangerously low levels of the nutrient.... Full Story

Vitamin D supplements among top selling nutritional aids   Vitamin D supplements among top selling nutritional aids
Date: 2012-02-06 16:44:27
Numerous studies have illustrated the importance of vitamin D in recent years and knowledge about the health benefit of the nutrient continues to grow. Many more people may not be seeking blood tests to measure their vitamin D levels, as a new survey suggests that supplements containing this nutrient are among the most popular.... Full Story

Study finds high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in seniors   Study finds high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in seniors
Date: 2012-02-03 17:01:04
Older individuals may benefit from blood testing to measures their vitamin D levels, as a new study out of Germany suggests that the vast majority of seniors may have dangerously low levels of the nutrient.... Full Story

Vitamin D testing more important in winter months  Vitamin D testing more important in winter months
Date: 2012-01-26 16:43:40
Blood tests for vitamin D levels may be even more important during the winter months, as experts say that the single greatest source of the nutrient - the sun - becomes much weaker, leader to lower levels in most people.... Full Story

New study finds link between vitamin D deficiency and childhood depression  New study finds link between vitamin D deficiency and childhood depression
Date: 2012-01-19 16:51:57
Vitamin D testing may benefit children who are showing signs of depression, as a new study has linked the mood disorder to low levels of the nutrient.... Full Story

Many at-risk individuals are unaware of vitamin D deficiency dangers   Many at-risk individuals are unaware of vitamin D deficiency dangers
Date: 2012-01-17 17:01:49
Many individuals may benefit from vitamin D testing, as a new study indicates that a large percentage of individuals most at risk for experiencing a deficiency do not take steps to address the potential problem.... Full Story

New study links low vitamin D levels to depression   New study links low vitamin D levels to depression
Date: 2012-01-05 16:55:53
Individuals who experience depression may benefit from talking to their doctor about vitamin D testing, as a new study has shown that low levels of the nutrient may be closely associated with worsening symptoms of the mood disorder.... Full Story

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