View the latest video clip of Dr. Holick speaking about …’The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Good Health‘, from I.H.M.C. lecture, published March 16, 2013 – click here to view the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiGBVDcbFVk&feature=youtu.be
“Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Genome Wide Expression of White Blood Cells: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial”
“Influence of Vitamin D Status and Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Genome Wide Expression of White Blood Cells: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial” was recently published in PLOS ONE and is available online by clicking here to view: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058725
Dr. Holick’s Responses to Participant Questions During the December 5, 2008 Live Webinar Presentation “Vitamin D & Chronic Disease Risk”
VITAMIN D AND DISEASE STATES
I have heard that vitamin D may play a role in epilepsy, possibly due to interaction with anti-epileptic drugs. Is this becoming an acknowledged effect? And how much vitamin D is necessary to combat the interaction to reduce seizures?
Response: Epileptic drugs will enhance the destruction of vitamin D making patients who are on anti-seizure medications at higher risk for developing vitamin D deficiency and osteomalacia or rickets. Measurement of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is important in patients on antiepileptic medications. Often twice as much vitamin D is required to maintain a blood level of 25(OH)D of > 30 ng/ml. Thus, 2,000-4,000 IU of vitamin D/d is usually needed. An alternative is to take 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 either once every week or once every two weeks depending on the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level.
What is your position on vitamin D and depression and schizophrenia?
Response: There is evidence that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy increases the risk of the child developing schizophrenia during their adult life. There is also evidence that vitamin D receptors exist in the brain, and that the active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, Read more of this article »
Vitamin D deficiency will cause removal of both the calcium and matrix from the bone, and as a result, will cause osteopenia and can precipitate and exacerbate osteoporosis. Unlike osteomalacia which causes bone pain, osteoporosis, which is porotic bone, i.e., holes in the bones and loss of bone does not cause bone pain unless there is an acute fracture. Typically this pain resolves as the fracture heals and can be easily distinguished from osteomalacia.
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