Op-Ed: Vitamin D maintains your health and delays death

Posted Oct 7, 2012 by Eliot Elwar
Recent scientific research reveals that vitamin D deficiency is common in sick children, it could raise death risk in older adults, and that normal supply of vitamin D is important for brain development and function.
Furthermore, low vitamin D levels are associated with death from cardiovascular disease, and a mother's vitamin D status during pregnancy will affect her baby's dental health.
From Dr. Mercola Health News: "Two recent studies of critically ill children found that vitamin D deficiency is very common in sick children, and is associated with worse outcomes and extended hospital stays. Earlier studies had already linked vitamin D deficiency with worse outcomes in critically ill adults. One study showed that two out of five children admitted to the study center’s pediatric hospital ward were deficient in the vitamin, and had more severe illness on admission. Children admitted with life-threatening septic shock had low vitamin D levels."
From Dr. Mercola Health News: "Frail seniors with low levels of vitamin D have an increased risk of death, according to data analyzed by Oregon State University researchers. While the study, which was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that those with low vitamin D levels had a 30 percent greater risk, researchers said they couldn't determine whether low vitamin D levels contributed to frailty, or if frail people had low vitamin D levels due to health problems. About 70 percent of Americans and up to one billion people worldwide have insufficient levels of vitamin D. Research has also found that sunlight exposure and higher vitamin D levels are both associated with decreased knee cartilage loss in patients with knee osteoarthritis."
From Science Daily News: "Individuals with lower blood levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk of death overall and from cardiovascular causes. A recent consensus panel estimated that about 50 percent to 60 percent of older individuals in North America and the rest of the world do not have satisfactory vitamin D status, and the situation is similar for younger individuals. Blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a measure of blood vitamin D levels, lower than 20 to 30 nano-grams per milliliter have been associated with falls, fractures, cancer, immune dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and hypertension."
From Science Daily News: "In a definitive critical review, scientists at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland ask whether there is convincing biological or behavioral evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to brain dysfunction. Joyce C. McCann, Ph.D., assistant staff scientist and Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute conclude that there is ample biological evidence to suggest an important role for vitamin D in brain development and function, and that supplementation for groups chronically low in vitamin D is warranted."
From Science Daily News: "Low maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy may affect primary tooth calcification, leading to enamel defects, which are a risk factor for early-childhood tooth decay. Investigators from the University of Manitoba recently presented the results of a study they conducted to determine the vitamin D status of pregnant women, the incidence of enamel defects and early-childhood tooth decay among their infants, and the relationship with pre-natal vitamin D levels."
Today, many people are suffering from health issues because they do not know about vitamin D. Your body needs the correct vitamin D levels to remain strong and healthy. All of the recent findings support previous research showing that vitamin D may lower your risk of dying prematurely. Vitamin D remains one of the best supplements for our health. Remember, Vitamin D and calcium work together for our health. Vitamin D research is the latest of several studies showing just how important this vitamin is for our health. If you have not started taking Vitamin D supplements, do not delay another day. These reports confirm past studies in the never ending benefits of Vitamin D. While vitamin D is an excellent health supplement, we should be careful of vitamin D toxicity. Therefore, check with your doctor or health care provider before supplementing with vitamin D.