The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Depression

Is Depression Linked to Metformin for Diabetes?

A possible vitamin B12 deficiency could explain depression linked to metformin for blood sugar control. An additional supplement might help.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

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Heart Attack

Forget Vitamin D Supplements for Heart Disease

A meta-analysis in JAMA Cardiology shows no benefit from vitamin D supplements for heart disease. This is the latest in a series of such disappointments.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Cognitive Problems

Older people are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to cognitive difficulties. Certain medications and a vegetarian diet increase the risk.

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Home Remedies

Is Sunshine the Best Source for Vitamin D?

The best source for vitamin D is the one that is available. That might be sunshine, or it might be supplements. Magnesium and vitamin K2 are also useful.

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Home Remedies

Rat Poison Is Not Relevant to People

Even though vitamin D can be used as rat poison, that doesn't mean all supplements are risky for people. Get the right dose.

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Vitamin Deficiency

Is Vitamin D3 Really a Mouse and Rat Poison?

Millions of people are deficient in vitamin D. Without a blood test you wouldn't know if you are one of them. What about too much vitamin D? Is it a danger?

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Home Remedies

Should You Take Magnesium to Boost Vitamin D?

If your vitamin D level is low, you can use magnesium to boost vitamin D. You might also need to take supplemental vitamin D.

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Home Remedies

How Will You Get Adequate Vitamin D?

Do you need to take supplements to get adequate vitamin D? People who live in northern regions may need supplements during the winter.

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Cancer

Study of Vitamin D Supplements Results in Disappointment

A study of vitamin D supplements demonstrated that these pills do not protect people from heart disease or cancer.

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Cancer

Vitamin D Strikes Out Against Heart Attacks and Cancer

In the VITAL trial, vitamin D strikes out for preventing heart disease and cancer. Are such supplements completely useless?

Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Chairman of Nutrition Harvard University
Podcasts

Show 1139: Will Supplements Keep Your Bones Strong?

Don't count on vitamin D and calcium pills to keep your bones strong. Make sure you get plenty of green veggies in your diet and spend some time in the sun.

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Arthritis

Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

Studies suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might boost your mood by warding off seasonal affective disorder. The vitamin has other benefits as well.

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Home Remedies

How Are Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked?

Spanish researchers found that rheumatoid arthritis patients with low vitamin D levels have more involved joints and more joint pain than those with adequate levels.

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Cancer

Do Vitamin D Pills Lower Your Chance of Cancer?

A study from New Zealand showed no reduction in the chance of cancer for people taking pills with 100,000 IU of vitamin D each month.

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Anemia

Do You Know Your Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Levels?

Have you ever been tested for vitamin B12? Do you know the symptoms of a deficiency? This nutrient is essential for good health. Several drugs can lead to low levels. Are you taking one?

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Cancer

Will Vitamin D Pills Help You Avoid Cancer?

Those who cannot get adequate vitamin D from sun exposure should take vitamin D pills. Scientists have not yet determined, however, if such supplements can protect people from cancer.

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Drug Side Effects

Could Vitamin B12 Deficiency Make You Fall?

A vitamin B12 deficiency has many potential symptoms. Among other things, it could interfere with your balance and make you fall.

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Influenza (flu)

Extra Summer Sunshine Makes for Milder Flu Season

Extra summer sunshine at the end of the season is associated with a less severe flu season afterwards. Perhaps that's because people have higher vitamin D levels.

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Home Remedies

How Much Vitamin C Do You Need?

There is some disagreement about how much vitamin C each individual needs, but people who don't get lots of fruits and vegetables should probably take a supplement.