February 10, 2014

Not a Cause or Treatment

1 Low Vitamin D a Symptom of Poor Health

Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with cardiovascular disease, weight gain, infectious diseases, multiple sclerosis, mental decline and higher mortality rates, and many people take vitamin D supplements in part to prevent or treat these or other medical problems. But an analysis of almost 300 studies of disease occurrence and mortality published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal has determined that vitamin D deficiency is a symptom of disease or ill health rather than a cause, and indicates the vitamin-draining effect of disease-generated inflammation. Other than slight gains in survival among the elderly, vitamin D supplements or high D blood levels have not been shown to be effective either as a treatment for or preventative measure against disease occurrence.

More at Thelancet.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: More Americans Taking Vitamin D Supplements

Tags: Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D and Heart Disease, Link Between Low Vitamin D and Disease

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That’s A Lotta Bull

2 Plant Closes After Beef Recall

Rancho Feeding Corp., Petaluma, CA, has voluntarily closed after recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef that had been distributed in California, Florida, Texas and Illinois. The meat was recalled because it came from “diseased and unsound” animals said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The agency said the plant “carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.” It’s still not clear if the products ended up in grocery stores or restaurants. The FSIS recall notice states that there is a “reasonable probability” that consumption of the tainted beef could result in “serious, adverse health consequences or death.” To date, there were no reported illnesses tied to the wide range of recalled beef products.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tainted Taco Wrecked Teen's Kidneys

Tags: Beef Recall, USDA, Rancho Feeding Corp. Recall, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Serv

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Delicious Prevention

3 Low Fat Yogurt Could Help Prevent Diabetes

Increasing the amount of low-fat yogurt you consume could help keep you from developing type 2 diabetes, suggest British researchers. Published in Diabetologia, the new research found that consuming yogurt may reduce risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent when compared to not eating yogurt. Other fermented dairy products like low-fat cheeses may reduce risk for diabetes by 24 percent. Researchers believe that the beneficial effect could come from probiotic bacteria present in fermented foods like cottage cheese, yogurt, tempeh and sauerkraut. The study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, but does highlight the benefit of considering subtypes of food groups and disease associations.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diabetes Costs to Triple, Despite Preventability

Tags: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes, Probiotic Bacteria, Health Benefits Low-Fat Yogurt, Risk Factors Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetologia

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