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  1. The Truth About Vitamin D: Drug Interactions

    Does vitamin D interact with other medications? Yes. Steroid medications such as prednisone can interfere with vitamin D metabolism. If you take steroid drugs regularly, discuss vitamin D with your doctor. The weight loss drug orlistat -- brand names include Xenical and Alli -- may cut absorption of

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  2. The Truth About Vitamin D: What Kind of Vitamin D is Best?

    What kind of vitamin D is best? The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight. Supplements are made from the fat of lambs' wool. However, a clinical study reported in 2008 suggested that vitamin D2 works a

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  3. The Truth About Vitamin D: Vitamin D Food Sources

    Which foods contain vitamin D? Surprisingly few foods contain vitamin D -- unless it's added to the food. That's because your body is built to get vitamin D through your skin (from sunlight) rather than through your mouth (by food). But once your body has enough, it doesn't matter whether you got it

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  4. The Truth About Vitamin D: How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

    How much vitamin D do I need? In November 2010, the Institute of Medicine's expert committee set a new "dietary reference intake" for vitamin D. Assuming that a person gets virtually no vitamin D from sunshine -- and that this person gets adequate amounts of calcium -- the IOM committee recommends g

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  5. The Truth About Vitamin D: How Can You Get Enough Vitamin D?

    How can I get enough vitamin D? Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back -- without sunscreen -- at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D. But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unl

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  6. Osteoporosis: On the Cutting Edge of Bone Health

    For years, we've thought we understood osteoporosis: it's a disease in which the bones become more and more fragile as they lose density, usually due to aging, menopause, and other factors like lack of calcium and vitamin D in the diet. But today, advances in research are shedding new light on osteo

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  7. Cell Phones on Hip May Weaken Bone

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Early research suggests that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken the area of the pelvis widely used for bone grafting. Using an X-ray technique used in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with osteoporosis, researchers from Turkey's Suleyman Demireli University measured

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  8. Osteoporosis Help From 'Vegetable Lamb' Plant?

    Oct. 16, 2009 -- The vegetable lamb plant contains substances that may one day help scientists develop new treatments for osteoporosis, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of Natural Products. Young Ho Kim, PhD, of the Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea, working wi

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  9. New Osteoporosis Drug Coming?

    Aug. 11, 2009 -- The experimental drug denosumab may be on its way to becoming the newest way to treat osteoporosis. Denosumab, a biological drug given by injection every six months, looks safe and effective, researchers report in today's advance online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine

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  10. Spinal Fracture: Cement No Better Than Sham

    Aug. 5, 2009 -- A popular treatment for painful spinal compression fractures works no better than sham therapy in patients with osteoporosis, according to two new studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers compared outcomes among patients who received injections of m

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