Vitamin D

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25-hydroxy vitamin D test
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The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body. In the kidney, 25-hydroxy vitamin D changes into...

Vitamin D
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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body's fatty tissue.

Are there any alternative therapies for psoriasis?
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There are some alternative therapies for psoriasis, but some of these treatments have beentested in very small numbers of people and their usefulness hasn't been proven. However, somealternative therapies can help relieve itching ...

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What is calcitonin?
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Calcitonin is a natural hormone made in the thyroid gland. Fortical? and Miacalcin? are brand names of the synthetic salmon calcitonin product, taken as a nasal spray or aninjection. This medicine treats osteoporosis in women who'...

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What's the difference between calcium citrate and calcium carbonate?
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While calcium citrate and calcium carbonate can both supply the recommended intake of calciumin different doses, they do differ in a number of ways: In some clinical studies, calcium citrate has been found to be more easily digest...

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What is Actonel?
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Actonel? (risedronate) is an oral drug used to prevent bone loss and increase bone mass. It is used totreat or prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, to prevent osteoporosis due to medicinescalled corticosteroids, and to tr...

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Is it possible to take too many vitamins?
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It is possible to take too many vitamins and there can be vitamin overdose. There are mainlytwo types of vitamins. There are the fat soluble and the water soluble vitamins. The water soluble vitamins include vitamin B1, B2, B3 (ni...

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What is chitosan?
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Chitosan is a dietary supplement made from the shells of crabs, shrimp, and lobsters. Thechitosan manufacturers claim that this supplement can help with weight loss and it is oftensold as a weight loss supplement. Medical research...

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Is it safe to take medications during pregnancy?
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Because of the ethical issue surrounding the testing of medications in pregnant women, there isnot enough data available to give a definitive answer on safety. On the positive side, however,there is some data available on certain ...

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What is chitosan?
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Chitosan is a dietary supplement made from the shells of crabs, shrimp, and lobsters. Thechitosan manufacturers claim that this supplement can help with weight loss and it is oftensold as a weight loss supplement. Medical research...

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What are fish oil supplements?
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Fish oil supplements are dietary supplements that contain oil from cold water fish such asmackerel, salmon, black cod, albacore tuna, sardines, and herring. The active ingredients infish oil supplements are essential fatty acids k...

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What are fish oil supplements?
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Fish oil supplements are dietary supplements that contain oil from cold water fish such asmackerel, salmon, black cod, albacore tuna, sardines, and herring. The active ingredients infish oil supplements are essential fatty acids k...

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Parathyroid adenoma
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...do this by producing parathyroid hormone, or PTH. PTH helps control calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D levels within the blood and bone. Parathyroid adenomas can be due to a genetic...

Osteomalacia
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Osteomalacia is softening of the bones due to a lack of vitamin D or a problem with the body's ability to break down and use this vitamin. Causes, incidence...

Cholesterol
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Keratosis pilaris
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...Skin creams with medications containing urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D may be recommended by your physician. However, improvement often takes months and the bumps...

Vitamin D

Protecting the skin through the use of sunscreen is essential when it comes to reducing the risk of cellular damage from UV light. Unfortunately, the use of sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher inhibits the skin's ability to synthesize vitamin D - a critical nutrient involved in bone health and immune function, among other benefits. Thus, when protecting the skin by applying sunscreen, it is equally important to keep in mind alternative ways for ensuring adequate blood levels of vitamin D. Foods like salmon and fortified milk provide a moderate amount of vitamin D and can be a good way to meet your requirement if you consume multiple servings of each per day. For the many people who don't get enough vitamin D through the diet, taking a daily vitamin D supplement can be a great way to fulfill your need for this very important nutrient.

Maintaining Vitamin D Levels

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 70% of all Americans have low levels of vitamin D. Emerging evidence suggests that vitamin D may play a role in promoting glucose tolerance. Nutritional supplements can be a convenient and beneficial way to prevent vitamin D deficiency and promote blood glucose management.

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