It is not so often that a vitamin makes headlines repeatedly and for different reasons. I think Vitamin D has changed press agents and is making a splash in the health world!
New studies indicate that vitamin D can "lower the risk of death" as one headline recently read. To that I say, the risk of death is pretty high since we are all going to die at some point, but taking regular supplements of vitamin D appears to lower the risk of death from any cause. Past studies have indicated that deficiencies in vitamin D can lead to increased risk of death from cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and new studies show it might just help ward off these diseases. Read more on this story at Science Daily.
Equally intriguing to me is the connection between vitamin D efficiency and risk in pregnancy. Lack of vitamin D can be associated with increased chances of developing pre-eclampsia (aka toxemia), a blood pressure condition that affects pregnant women. In fact eclampsia is responsible for up to 70 percent of maternal deaths in developing countries. So sad, but true. To read more about these findings check out Vitamin D deficiency increases risk in pregnancy, study finds.
Both those stories reminded me of the recent news story that most Americans are not meeting the RDI of vitamin D. Yep, as a nation we get a D in taking our vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for bone health since it aids the absorption on calcium to the bones, as well as increasing your life expectancy and avoiding toxemia!
Interested in knowing more about vitamin D since it might just be the closest thing we will find to the fountain of youth? Check out: What Does Your RDI Look Like: Vitamin D. It will surely steer you in the right D-irection!