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April 9, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,
 
In the Chicagoland area, tree pollen counts are already high. To minimize symptoms, make sure you avoid cross-reacting foods if you are not doing so already.

Did you know that compared with mothers of children between 5 and 18 years old in 1965, moms in 2010 clocked 11 fewer hours of physical activity per week, according to a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

The Bone Thief Antidote.

Women

A study presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels (nmol/l) were classified as low (less than 50), intermediate (50) and high (more than 75). The results showed that the incidence of hip fractures within 10 years was significantly lower in those women who were vitamin D sufficient (equal or more than 50 nmol/l) at baseline and maintained this level at 5 years. The proportion of women sustaining fractures was 26.2% and 30% in the group which had consistently high or intermediate 25OHD levels compared to 45.6 % in the group with consistently low levels. 

Men
A study in the April issue of Journal of the American Geriatric Societyexamined men aged 70 and older. Fair, poor, and very poor health; self-reported diabetes mellitus; hyperglycemia; depression; muscle weakness; poor balance; and all-cause mortality were all associated with serum 25(OH)D levels less than 50 nmol/L. The findings also suggest that, in older men, for a wide range of health conditions, physical performance measures, disability, falls, and mortality, the optimum range of 25(OH)D is between 50.0 and 74.9 nmol/L.  
  
Bonnie: Most public health officials agree that vitamin D deficiency is related to a host of health problems. However, when asked if vitamin D supplements would help solve the problem, the standard response is "not enough data to confirm supplementation".
 
The only way to raise vitamin D levels from deficiency, and keep them in ideal range, is to supplement with vitamin D3. It is near impossible to get enough sun or vitamin D in food to raise deficient levels.
 
History will show that attaining optimal vitamin D levels on a worldwide scale will be one of the greatest public health achievements of the century.
 
MSG's Kryptonite

Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer, largely used in the food industry and it is reported to have excitotoxic effects. A new study sheds light on how to repel its negative effects.

 

The details of the study can be accessed by NCI Well Connect subscribers. More info here.