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Osteoporosis 2.8 X more likely if Vitamin D receptor (VDR) genes altered – Aug 2013

Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphism influences the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women of Northwest India.

Arch Osteoporos. 2013 Dec;8(1-2):147. doi: 10.1007/s11657-013-0147-y. Epub 2013 Aug 22.
Singh M, Singh P, Singh S, Juneja PK, Kaur T.
Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Human Genetics, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.

Abstract: The influence of VDR gene for the risk of osteoporosis has remained inconclusive.
VDR gene polymorphism in relation to BMD in postmenopausal women of Northwest India revealed a susceptibility haplotype AGT.
Possession of this haplotype exacerbates the risk of osteoporosis by 2.8 times, which manifests in recessive mode of inheritance.

PURPOSE:The purpose of this study is to understand the influence of coordinated effect of various single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene for the risk of osteoporosis, which has remained undefined so far.

METHODS: Four pertinent SNPs of VDR gene, i.e., rs2228570, rs1544410, rs17879735, and rs731236 were examined with polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism in dual energy X-ray absorptiometry verified 188 osteoporotics, 115 osteopenics, and 147 normal postmenopausal women of Northwest India.

RESULTS:Minor allele 'T' of rs2228570 showed significant influence for the risk of osteoporosis (OR 1.60, 95%CI 1.16-2.20, P = 0.004) and also in dominant (OR 2.32, 95%CI 1.47-3.64, P = 0.0006) and additive model (OR 2.41, 95%CI 1.49-3.87, P = 0.0006) after Bonferroni correction. Minor allele (T) of rs2228570 showed an allele dose effect with BMD of L1-L4 (P = 0.009) and FN (P = 0.036).
Disease association analysis exposed a susceptibility haplotype AGT which influences the risk of

  • osteopenia (OR 2.04, 95%CI 1.03-4.08, P = 0.036) and
  • osteoporosis (OR 2.90, 95%CI 1.61-5.38, P = 0.00005)

after adjusting the effects of age, BMI and years since menopause.
This haplotype is significantly associated with BMDs at lumbar spine (P = 0.0001) and femoral neck (P = 0.016).

CONCLUSION: In-depth analysis of this haplotype with other methods of Wald statistics and Akaike information criterion confirmed that carriers of each unit of this haplotype AGT increases the risk of osteoporosis by a factor of 2.80 ± 0.34 (β ± SE) which manifests (P = 0.1 × 10(-6)) in its recessive mode of inheritance.

PMID: 23975234

What to do about it?

With most vitamin D gene problems the simple remedy is to take more vitamin D so as to raise the vitamin D in the cell necessary to prevent/treat a disease. Sometimes this is raising the blood level, but not always.
Before gene typing it was noticed that some people did not get as much benefit from vitamin D as others. Genes are providing some insight as to why.

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Vitamin D Receptor category has the following

507 studies in Vitamin D Receptor category

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A poor VDR restricts Vitamin D from getting in the cells

See also: 47 studies in the Resveratrol category

It appears that 30% of the population have a poor VDR (40% of the Obese )
Several diseases protect themselves by deactivating the Vitamin D receptor. Example: Breast Cancer
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The Vitamin D Receptor is associated with many health problems

Health problems include: Autoimmune (19 studies), Breast Cancer (22 studies), Colon Cancer (13 studies), Cardiovascular (23 studies), Cognition (16 studies), Diabetes (24 studies), Hypertension (9 studies), Infant (21 studies), Lupus (6 studies), Metabolic Syndrome (4 studies), Mortality (4 studies), Multiple Sclerosis (12 studies), Obesity (16 studies), Pregnancy (24 studies), Rheumatoid Arthritis (10 studies), TB (8 studies), VIRUS (35 studies),   Click here for details
Some health problems, such as Breast Cancer, Diabetes, and COVID protect themselves by reducing VDR activation

55 health problems associated with poor VDR

A poor VDR is associated with the risk of 55 health problems  click here for details
The risk of 48 diseases at least double with poor VDR as of Jan 2023  click here for details
Some health problem, such as Breast Cancer reduce the VDR

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There are hints that you may have inherited a poor VDR

How to increase VDR activation

Compensate for poor VDR by increasing one or more:

1) Vitamin D supplement  Sun
Ultraviolet -B
Vitamin D in the blood
and thus in the cells
2) MagnesiumVitamin D in the blood
 AND in the cells
3) Omega-3 Vitamin D in the cells
4) Resveratrol Vitamin D Receptor
5) Intense exercise Vitamin D Receptor
6) Get prescription for VDR activator
   paricalcitol, maxacalcitol?
Vitamin D Receptor
7) Quercetin (flavonoid) Vitamin D Receptor
8) Zinc is in the VDRVitamin D Receptor
9) BoronVitamin D Receptor ?,
10) Essential oils e.g. ginger, curcuminVitamin D Receptor
11) ProgesteroneVitamin D Receptor
12) Infrequent high concentration Vitamin D
Increases the concentration gradient
Vitamin D Receptor
13) Sulfroaphane and perhaps sulfurVitamin D Receptor
14)Butyrate especially gutVitamin D Receptor

Note: If you are not feeling enough benefit from Vitamin D, you might try increasing VDR activation. You might feel the benefit within days of adding one or more of the above

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