Ingestão diária de vitamina D pode evitar doenças graves

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Uma entidade de saúde britânica está lançando uma campanha para conscientizar a população do país para os benefícios da ingestão diária de suplementos de vitamina D, cuja deficiência está associada a inúmeras doenças.  (…)  estima-se que metade da população branca e 90% dos negros e asiáticos sofram de alguma doença relacionada à falta de vitamina D no organismo.

Segundo o Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH, na sigla em inglês), órgão que supervisiona a saúde infantil no Reino Unido, tais suplementos, que são baratos e acessíveis, deveriam ser adicionados às refeições diárias de todas as pessoas, para fortalecer a saúde.

O RCPCH está concentrando sua campanha no Reino Unido para que grávidas, mulheres que estão na fase de amamentação, crianças de seis meses a cinco anos e adultos acima de 65 anos tomem a vitamina D na quantidade recomendada.

No país, estima-se que metade da população branca e 90% dos negros e asiáticos sofram de alguma doença relacionada à falta de vitamina D no organismo.

Em países como Estados Unidos, Canadá e Finlândia, a ingestão suplementar de vitamina D já é bem mais comum.

Sintomas

Os primeiros sintomas da deficiência deste nutriente são dor óssea e muscular e inchaço nos punhos e nas costelas.

A falta de vitamina D também está associada ao aumento da incidência de diabetes, tuberculose, esclerose múltipla e raquitismo, doença que provoca e enfraquecimento e deformação dos ossos.

O suplemento pode ser obtido pela luz solar e por alimentos como peixes oleosos, ovos e cogumelos.

“Sabemos que a falta de vitamina D é um problema crescente e estudos mostram que há altos níveis de deficiência deste nutriente entre certos grupos, incluindo crianças”, disse Mitch Blair, professor do RCPCH.

“Pegando sol e comendo alimentos que são fontes de vitamina D, as pessoas obtém somente uma parcela de 10% da quantidade diária recomendada”, avalia.

“Comer um pouco mais de peixe e apanhar um pouco mais de sol não vão resolver o problema”, acrescenta.

“A falta de vitamina D está relacionada a uma série de doenças graves em crianças e adultos, que podem ser prevenidas com medidas simples, como o uso de suplementos”, explica.

“Garantir que as pessoas estejam conscientes de que os suplementos estão disponíveis é um passo crucial para diminuir a incidência de doenças. Nós precisamos fazer com que esses suplementos estejam disponíveis para a população, que é algo que já está acontecendo em alguns países”, acrescentou o especialista.

Fonte: http://www.bbc.co.uk/portuguese/celular/noticias/2012/12/121216_vitamina_d_deficiencia_ingestao_lgb.shtml

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Bayer to Buy U.S. Vitamin Maker Schiff for $1.1 Billion

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Bayer AG (BAYN) agreed to buy Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (SHF) for $1.1 billion to add a faster- growing vitamins and nutritional supplements business to the German drugmaker’s consumer-health unit.

Investors will receive $34 a share in cash, Leverkusen- based Bayer said in a statement today. The price is 47 percent above Schiff’s closing level Oct. 26, the most recent day of stock trading in the U.S. Bayer also said its third-quarter profit rose 2.2 percent.

Bayer will strengthen its U.S. consumer-health unit with the Salt Lake City, Utah-based business. Signed about six weeks after Bayer agreed to buy Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA)’s animal-health business, the deal fits Bayer’s strategy of building its life sciences unit with small- and mid-sized acquisitions, Chief Executive Officer Marijn Dekkers said.

“These are two of the areas that we are very committed to growing, both organically and with these bolt-on acquisitions,” Dekkers said in a Bloomberg Television interview today.

Schiff sales in the year ended May 31 totaled $259 million. The company said last month that sales this fiscal year would increase by 43 percent to 46 percent after its acquisition of Airborne, the cult cold-prevention remedy featured by Oprah Winfrey.
Tiger’s Milk

Schiff also makes Tiger’s Milk nutrition bars, Omega-3 product MegaRed and Move Free, a pill for joints.

The U.S. company won’t seek a competing offer, though it has the option to review unsolicited bids until Nov. 28, Schiff said in a regulatory filing today. Chairman Eric Weider’s company Weider Health and Fitness, which owns a controlling stake in Schiff, agreed to the deal, according to the filing.

“Nutritionals are a reasonably fast-growing area,” said Alistair Campbell, an analyst at Berenberg Bank in London who recommends buying Bayer stock. “It broadens their product line.”

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2012. Bayer was advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Rothschild advised Schiff.

Schiff declined 0.4 percent to close at $23.19 on the New York Stock Exchange Oct. 26. Trading was closed yesterday in the U.S. because of Hurricane Sandy, and markets will remain closed today. TPG, the Fort Worth, Texas-based buyout firm, owns 34 percent of Schiff’s shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Vitamin Companies

The purchase including net debt values Schiff at about 17.8 times this year’s estimated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization. Buyers have paid a median 16.9 times profit for acquisitions of vitamin companies over the past five years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Bayer has no upper limit for deals, though it’s primarily seeking smaller acquisitions, Dekkers said in a conference call with reporters.

The purchase price is based on about 31.1 million shares outstanding, including shares underlying stock options. Bayer also is assuming $122 million in net debt.

Growth in the health and crop-chemical business helped push earnings up in the third quarter, Bayer said in a separate statement today. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and special items increased to 1.85 billion euros ($2.39 billion) from 1.81 billion euros a year earlier, Bayer said. That beat the 1.83 billion-euro estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
Plastics Forecast

Sales rose 12 percent to 9.67 billion euros. Bayer raised its forecast for the plastics unit, saying it now expects a small increase in sales. The company had previously said sales and profit from plastics wouldn’t rise this year.

Bayer, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)’s partner on the blood thinner Xarelto, has been leaning on its health-care and agriculture units for growth. The company reiterated today that sales will increase 4 percent to 5 percent this year, with a “high single- digit” percentage boost to adjusted Ebitda.

Sales in the crop-science unit increased 19 percent to 1.64 billion euros in the third quarter. Consumer-health sales climbed 12 percent to 1.99 billion euros.
Growing Conditions

“It continues an excellent year for crop,” said Berenberg’s Campbell. “The big question is going to be whether this is because of growing conditions” and whether they’ll be able to continue the growth next year with this year’s strong basis for comparison.

Bayer rose 1.7 percent to 67.65 euros in Frankfurt.

The company said yesterday that Liam Condon, 44, has been named chairman of the executive committee of the crop-science unit. He replaces Sandra Peterson, who’s leaving Bayer Nov. 30 to join Johnson & Johnson.

To contact the reporter on this story: Naomi Kresge in Berlin at nkresge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.net

Fonte: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-30/bayer-to-buy-u-s-vitamin-maker-schiff-for-1-2-billion.html

Insuficiência de Vitamina D pode causar perda de mobilidade e invalidez – Not getting enough vitamin D could cause you to lose mobility, become disabled

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20/2.2011 vitamin D (Photo credit: julochka)

Assista à entrevista sobre este assunto, em português:

 Vitamina D – Sem Censura – Dr. Cicero Galli Coimbra e Daniel Cunha

Ao vídeo:

Vitamina D – Por uma outra terapia (Vitamin D – For an alternative therapy)

Leia:

Vitamina D pode revolucionar o tratamento da esclerose múltipla

“Based on data collected from the comprehensive Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study, also known as Health ABC, the new study establishes a clear connection between vitamin D levels and overall mobility and bodily function. Compiled by researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, the paper highlights how vitamin D levels directly affect an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks like walking, climbing stairs, cycling, and engaging in various other forms of moderate exercise.”

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) There is no longer any doubt that regular, unfiltered sunlight exposure, which helps promote and maintain optimal blood levels of vitamin D, plays a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. And a recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science further confirms this, having found that inadequate blood levels of vitamin D can lead to decreased mobility and even disablement, particularly among the elderly.

Based on data collected from the comprehensive Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study, also known as Health ABC, the new study establishes a clear connection between vitamin D levels and overall mobility and bodily function. Compiled by researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, the paper highlights how vitamin D levels directly affect an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks like walking, climbing stairs, cycling, and engaging in various other forms of moderate exercise.

More than 2,000 individuals of both Caucasian and African-American backgrounds, and with an average age of around 75-years-old, participated in the study. Researchers measured the participants’ blood serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (calcidiol), a pre-hormone associated with vitamin D levels in the body, at the beginning of the study and at six-month intervals for six years, and compared these levels to overall mobility rates among the participants.

At the onset of the study, nearly 30 percent of the participants had blood levels of 25(OH)D less than 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), while more than 36 percent had levels between 20 and 30 ng/mL. Only 35 percent of the group had 25(OH)D levels of 30 ng/mL, which is largely considered to be the cutoff point for determining vitamin D deficiency.

Upon evaluation, those with 25(OH)D levels below 30 ng/mL were found to be 30 percent more likely to develop mobility problems than those with higher levels, while those with 25(OH)D levels below 20 ng/mL, which is considered to be grossly deficient, were about 100 percent more likely to develop disability compared to those with higher levels.

“About one-third of older adults have low vitamin D levels,” said Denise Houston, Ph.D., R.D., a nutrition epidemiologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, concerning the study. “It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through diet alone, and older adults, who may not spend much time outdoors may need to take a vitamin D supplement.”

Vitamin D deficiency even more prevalent than study shows Though the findings of the study indicate that only about a third of elderly adults have vitamin D levels above what is considered to be deficient, the Vitamin D Council says the true cutoff point for vitamin D deficiency is really about 40 ng/mL rather than 30 ng/mL — 50 ng/mL, in fact, is a more realistic cutoff point for vitamin D deficiency.

With this in mind, far more than 60 percent of the elderly are vitamin D deficient, and likely suffering from needless health and mobility issues as a result. According to the Vitamin D Council, upwards of 90 percent of humanity is vitamin D deficient.

To learn more about vitamin D, visit: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

Sources for this article include:

http://blog.vitamindcouncil.org

http://news.nurse.com/article/20120603/NATIONAL02/106110017

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-deficiency/

Fonte: http://www.naturalnews.com/036436_vitamin_D_deficiency_mobility.html

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