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Special Issue "Changing Times for Vitamin D and Health"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2018).
Interests: environmental effects on immune function; epidemiology; developmental origins of health and disease; autoimmune diseases; climate change; ultraviolet radiation; vitamin D
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Interests: vitamin D; nutritional epidemiology; diet and risk of multiple sclerosis
Adequate vitamin D is essential to human health. Over the last twenty years, there has been an explosion of research into the possible health benefits of maintaining higher and higher blood levels of vitamin D. This has been accompanied by controversy around the level that should be considered “adequate”. This level is critical to determining the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, and thus whether the “epidemic of vitamin D deficiency” is real. More recently, the focus has returned to the well-accepted requirement of vitamin D for bone health, as clinical trials do not demonstrate major benefits of vitamin D supplementation for amelioration of a range of non-bone disease outcomes. However, deficits in the design of clinical trials to date – particularly that the participants have not been vitamin D deficient at baseline – mean that there is still some doubt about links between vitamin D and many health outcomes. This Special Issue will explore the most recent research and critically evaluate the evidence.
- vitamin D
- human health
- cardiovascular disease