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15th Vitamin D Workshop begins tomorrow
Date:6/18/2012

t half of elderly North Americans and Western Europeans and probably also of the rest of the world are not receiving enough vitamin D to maintain healthy bone.

"It is clear that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not adequate to solve the problem for most adults," said Norman, an international expert on vitamin D who has proposed worldwide policy changes regarding people's vitamin D daily intake amount.

A non-profit organization, the Vitamin D Workshops began in 1973 as a small gathering of approximately 60 nephrologists and vitamin D basic researchers in Frankfurt, Germany. Attendance at recent workshops has been high even though many annual meetings in the area of calcium regulating hormones and other steroid hormones now take place.

The accomplishments at each Vitamin D Workshop are recorded and published in a series of 1000-page books.

Roger Bouillon at Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven, Belgium, is the other member of the Vitamin D Workshop Advisory Committee. He and Norman will make the opening remarks at the workshop on June 20 and chair several sessions. Registration for the workshop (costs vary) opens June 19 at 4 p.m.; a welcome reception follows at 6 p.m.

About vitamin D:

Also known as the "sunshine vitamin," vitamin D was discovered 92 years ago as a dietary agent that prevented the bone disease rickets.

Exposure to the sun is the body's natural way of producing the vitamin. Skin exposed to solar UVB radiation can produce significant quantities of vitamin D. But this vitamin D synthesis is reliably available year-round only at latitudes between 40 degrees north and 40 degrees south. A combination of sunshine, food, supplements, and possibly even limited tanning exposure can raise the daily intake of the vitamin.

Vitamin D is itself biologically inert
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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