Healthy Aging

Institute of Medicine Likely to Increase Vitamin D Recommendations

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

The Institute of Medicine’s current guidelines for vitamin D intake, established in 1997, recommend 200 IU per day for people under 50 IOM, and 400 IU for those between 50-70 years old. Those numbers are way too low, say many physicians. In light of new studies showing myriad benefits and few risks from higher levels, IOM is likely to increase its recommended intake in its updated 2010 guidelines.

CoQ10 Delays Progression of Parkinson's Disease

By Pat Hemminger | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 1. January, 2003

Coenzyme Q10, widely known for its cardiovascular benefits, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, according to a recent clinical trial. While there are no data showing that CoQ10 can prevent Parkinson's, it does improve an affected individual's ability to carry on daily activities and maintain independence.

The GAIT Trial: Glucosamine-Chondroitin Hit Their Stride for Severe Osteoarthritis

By Jason Theodosakis, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Data from the long awaited Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), one of the largest nutritional supplement studies ever undertaken, shows that while this combination of natural products did not offer too much help for patients with mild arthritis, it outperformed celecoxib (Celebrex) in people with the most severe disease.

Simple Solutions for Common Nutrient Deficiencies

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many people who end up in doctors' offices have nutritional deficiencies, including deficiencies in protein, B vitamins, and magnesium that markedly impact their overall health status. These deficiencies are easily reversed, if only physicians would think about them.

Healthy Diet May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

The same low-fat, vegetable and fruit-rich diet that prevents heart disease also reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The good news is that diet appears to have the greatest preventive impact in people at the highest genetic risk for Alzheimer's.

Antioxidants During Chemotherapy Spur Controversy

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Do antioxidant vitamins help or hinder conventional cancer treatments? The science on this topic is incomplete and there are strong opinions on both sides. The reality is there may not be a clear-cut single answer. Antioxidants may be extremely helpful in some types of cancer, in combination with some forms of chemo or radiotherapy, but detrimental in others.

Dietary Supplements in Children: Parents Rush in Where Researchers Fear to Tread

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Don't expect too much help from federal authorities when trying to figure out what supplements your child might need. Though there are mountains of scientific studies on childhood nutrition, there is little consensus on how to apply that data in a practical way for optimal childhood nutrition. Parents, undaunted by the lack f "official" guidance, are figuring it all out for themselves.

How High Is Too High? Elevated Homocysteine Raises Stroke Specter

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Epidemiologically, elevated homocysteine levels are correlated with increased risk of stroke. But on an individual basis, it is difficult to know when someone's homocysteine measurement is signaling an increased likelihood of stroke.

 

Facing the Shadow Side of Statins: Petition Urges FDA to Mandate CoQ10 Recommendation on Statin Labels

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Statins are very effective at reducing LDL and total cholesterol, but they also deplete coenzyme Q10, a naturally occurring substance that is essential for normal muscle and heart function. Citing evidence that a major statin manufacturer knew the risks in the early '90s but took no action, Dr. Julian Whitaker sent a petition to the FDA to put a black box warning on all statin labels stating the dangers of CoQ10 depletion.