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A study of 41,504 patients, who had at least one mea- sured 25-OH-D level, found the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (?30 ng/ml) was 63.6%. Vitamin D deficiency was associated with highly significant (p <0.0001) in- crease in the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and peripheral vascular disease. Also,...
 
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Last month we discussed the soaring costs from multiple trips to the hospital in patients with heart failure (HF) and the how more limiting salt intake more ag- gressively in stable ambulatory HF patients reduced those hospital admissions. This month we will look at other nutritional strategies that may also...
 
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The new IOM’s Report on the Dietary Reference Intakes for calcium were also part of the same report on vitamin D. IOM’s experts did not alter their previous RDA and UL guidelines for calcium intake. The Food and Nutrition Board focused primarily on bone health in establishing the calcium RDAs and ULs. The IOM’s expert ... New RDA for Calcium
 
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On November 30, 2010 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a new report from an expert panel on how much vitamin D people of various ages need. On the one hand the report was a step in the right direction as it increased the recommended level of Vitamin D for...
 
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Elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) in the blood have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Low levels of vitamins B-6, B-12, and folate can contribute to elevated levels of Hcy leading to hopes that supplements of these 3 B- vitamins might reduce...