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Rediscovering vitamin D

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Author(s): Nasr Anaizi

Journal: Libyan Journal of Medicine
ISSN 1819-6357

Volume: 5;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Vitamin D deficiency | calcidiol | calcitriol | disease prevention | autoimmune | cardiovascular | cancer | mycobacterial infection | cathelicidin

ABSTRACT
Over the past 2 years there has been a radical change in standard clinical practice with respect to vitamin D. As a result of a growing body of knowledgeable physicians are assessing the vitamin D nutritional status of their patients and prescribing aggressive repletion regimens of a vitamin D supplement. The present paper summarizes some basic information about this essential nutrient and reviews some of the more recent data implicating vitamin D deficiency in disease etiology with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease and cancer. Finally a rational approach to the dosing of vitamin D in different patient populations is provided.
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