Nearly Three-Quarters Of Youths With Diabetes Found To Be Insufficient In Vitamin D

Nearly Three-Quarters Of Youths With Diabetes Found To Be Insufficient In Vitamin D

Three-quarters of youths with type 1 diabetes were found to have insufficient levels of vitamin D, according to a study by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center – findings that suggest children with the disease may need vitamin D supplementation to prevent bone fragility later in life. “To our surprise, we found extremely high rates of vitamin D inadequacy,” said Lori Laffel, M.D., M.P.H.

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High vitamin C linked to lower BP in young women

High vitamin C linked to lower BP in young women

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Brides To Be Should Say ‘I Do’ To A Daily Multivitamin With Folic Acid

Brides To Be Should Say ‘I Do’ To A Daily Multivitamin With Folic Acid

“For richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health,” are some of the most common words heard in wedding vows. But what is often overlooked is the health of the married couple’s future children. With National Folic Acid Awareness Month taking place January 12 through 18, 2009, brides-to-be should start thinking about saying “I do” to taking a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily–to protect their own health and the health of their children-to-be.

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Grape seed extract kills leukemia cells

A new study from the University of Kentucky (where I graduated from medical school in 1975!) was published Jan 1st 2009 in Clinical Cancer Research.

An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky. They found that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to the extract.

This one is particularly dear to my heart, as I have seen (and experienced) first hand the amazing results of supplementation with high quality grape seed (and pine bark) proanthocyanodins (OPCs). One of the frequent comments/questions I receive is “I heard that OPCs were bad to take if you have leukemia or a high white blood cell count”. My answer has always been that I know of no reason for this. Now we have strong evidence,  even including the molecular mechanism (see full article) for the first time, to the contrary