Vitamin D and Osteoporosis

By Meg Mangin

Studies offer compelling evidence inflammation could be significant risk factor for bone loss & fracture in aging. Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mineral density and the appearance of small holes in bones due to loss of minerals. [1] Vitamin D is an important factor in maintaining bone health to…

Osteoporosis

By Meg Mangin

CALCIUM Calcium is important for many bodily functions. The normal concentration of total serum calcium (bound calcium plus free calcium) is in the range of 8.8-10.4 mg/dL.   About 40% of the total calcium in the plasma is loosely bound to proteins; this calcium is referred to as bound calcium. The normal range of free…

Osteoporosis Studies

By Meg Mangin

Vitamin D, calcium supplements may not lower fracture risk (new) Dietary and Supplemental Calcium Intake and Cardiovascular Disease MortalityThe National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study Our findings suggest that high intake of supplemental calcium is associated with an excess risk of CVD death in men but not in women. The effect of vitamin…

Osteoporosis

By Meg Mangin

Calcium and Osteoporosis The normal concentration of total serum calcium (bound calcium plus free calcium) is in the range of 8.8-10.4 mg/dL. About 40% of the total calcium in the plasma is loosely bound to proteins; this calcium is referred to as bound calcium. The normal range of free calcium is 4.8-5.2 mg/dL. Hypocalcemia (low…

Light Sensitivity

By Meg Mangin

Skin has the ability to convert natural light into vitamin D (the ‘sunshine vitamin’). Vanderschueren et al.observed seasonal variations in 1,25-D at all levels of 25-D and concluded that sunlight exposure appears to have an influence on 1,25-D very similar to that of 25-D. The skin (dermal fibroblasts and keratinocytes possess VDR) has the capacity…