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A large percentage of the population would benefit from higher levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an essential role in the prevention of some 20 common cancers, the prevention of bone problems, modulation of neuromuscular and immune function, reduction of inflammation, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. Vitamin D also seems to improve infertility, weight control and memory.

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D’Correlation Collection

If you’ve read many of the articles on this site, you know we like to keep up with all the different correlations, links and associations that come up between vitamin D and whole lot of diseases and medical conditions. Just to give you an idea of how extensive this gets, below we present the titles of articles found on just one site’s listing of vitamin D research studies. Enjoy! 

  • Alzheimer's disease cases have lower serum vitamin D concentrations than matched controls
  • Being in the lowest quartile of vitamin D levels is associated with a 26% increased rate of all-cause mortality
  • Blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration is inversely associated with hypertension
  • Doubling global vitamin D levels could significantly reduce mortality
  • Higher intakes of vitamin D, protein and potassium are significantly associated with decreased risks of onset of overactive bladder
  • Higher maternal milk and vitamin D intake during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of developing MS in offspring
  • Higher vitamin D levels are associated with a decreased risk of pelvic floor disorders in women
  • Low concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D associated with increased risk for chronic bronchitis among US adults
  • Review: there is a consistently strong inverse correlations with solar UVB for 15 types of cancers
  • Vitamin D exposure from both sun and diet are correlated with breast cancer risk.
  • Vitamin D supplementation may reduce systolic blood pressure
  • Vitamin D supplementation reduces mortality in adults
  • Vitamin D deficiency is a predictor of reduced survival in patients with heart failure; vitamin D supplementation improves outcome 

As always, we have to add the cautionary note that just because there’s a correlation between vitamin D levels and these things doesn’t mean we know for sure that vitamin D is the actual cause of what’s being seen. That’s the next phase of research that would be needed in each case.

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