vitamin D

Winter Weary? 6 Ways to Cheer Up

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSick of winter yet? The harsh winter has left schools and governments closed, thousands without power and even the usually sunny South at an icy standstill. It’s also caused a cabin fever outbreak of record proportions. Not only are we bored and craving sun; being stuck inside alone can be bad for our health. A University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. >> Sign up …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Scientists have built the world’s first bionic man. (Learn more at Today.com) 2. The U.S. Postal Service won’t issue stamps it’s already printed to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign because some depict kids doing things that may not be safe. (Learn more at New York Times) 3. An Oxford University researcher who led a study of kissing is “still not exactly sure why it is so widespread or what purpose it serves.” (Learn more …

New Study: Vitamin D Pills Don’t Strengthen Healthy Bones

Posted on 10/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthAlmost half of American adults take extra vitamin D to help strengthen their bones. But a new study published online today in the Lancet concludes that for healthy older adults, taking those pills to prevent osteoporosis is simply a waste of money. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter “Most healthy adults do not need vitamin D supplements,” said study leader Ian Reid, M.D., from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Reid’s conclusion is based on a review of all …

Vitamin D Pills: Many Labels Can’t Be Trusted

Posted on 02/15/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you need to take a vitamin D supplement, be aware you may be getting far less or far more than the label shows, a new study shows. Researchers found that off-the-shelf pills from 12 different manufacturers plus two from specialty compounding pharmacies contained from a minuscule 9 percent to a whopping 146 percent of the amount listed on the label (which ranged from 1,000 to 10,000 international units [IU]). Not only was there variation among different brands and manufacturers, …

Dementia Study: Calcium Plus Vitamin D Disappoints

Posted on 12/7/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTaking calcium pills combined with low-dose vitamin D did not protect older women from dementia, a large new study found, but the researchers think vitamin D alone may offer some help. The study, published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, involved 4,100 women age 65 or older without dementia. Half were given supplements of 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium carbonate combined with 400 international units (IUs) of vitamin D, and half were given a placebo. The women …

Vitamin D Tied to Women’s Brain Health

Posted on 12/3/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWomen who don’t get enough vitamin D as they age may be more likely to suffer cognitive decline and impairment, two new studies suggest. The studies, published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A (Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences), found that vitamin D, often called the sunshine vitamin, seems to play an important role in maintaining brain health in older women. Researchers in France found that among women age 75 or older who were …