Vitamin D Pills: Many Labels Can’t Be Trusted

If 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

Taking 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

Women 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 …

The Takeway: The Exercise / Vitamin D Link; Romney Disses ‘Perry Scheme’ for Social Security

I wouldn’t compare ‘vigorous exercise’ to a ray of sunshine in very many circumstances, but it turns out there’s one thing a good workout and a sunny day may have in common: Upping your levels of Vitamin D … Reassuring the retirement community crowd, Mitt Romney explained, “Social Security is not going to change for anyone in this room.”

Here Comes the Sun!

Just in time for the summer, experts are saying that sunshine can help older adults reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. It’s all about Vitamin D. While exposure to sunlight stimulates vitamin D in the skin – and considering the fact that many older people have vitamin D deficiencies from the natural aging process – researchers have found that sunshine can increase the level of Vitamin D in the body and decrease the chances of getting metabolic …