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Importance to Health VDW10426
My opinion - which is based on reading >20,000 related studies
I would love to see attempts at quantifying this
   Henry Lahore, founder of VitaminDWiki,   2019

"A 2013 report on the state of US health identified dietary factors as the single most significant risk factor for disability and premature death"

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Half of Diabetics cured in 16 days by eating a plant-based diet – Dr. Greger Sept 2019

Live 14 years longer with healthy lifestyle (2 years longer if good vitamin D) – Dr. Greger Oct 2019

Cost effective for US Medicare/Medicaid to give a 30% discount on healthy food - March 2019

“Prescribing” fruits and veggies would save $100 billion in medical costs Fast Company

  • Cost effectivity results from the simulation of healthy foods decreasing direct medical cost due to just heart and diabetes problems
    • They would have found far bigger savings if they laos considered the reduction in many other health problems
  • They note that
    • 86% of health care costs are due to lifestyle diseases
    • 76% of physician visits result in a drug prescription
  • They apparently assumed a 30% decrease in cost of healthy food ==> 37% increase in healthy food purchase
    • A previous meta-analysis found that 1% decrease in the price of healthy food ==>1.24% increase in purchase
  • They assumed 20% additional cost for administrating the program
  • Calculated just the direct medical cost reductions and ignored other cost savings - such as time on job
  • Apparently assumed that Medicare/Medicaid increasing health foods late in life will result in improved health
    • VitaminDWiki is unsure if that assumption is correct

Cost-effectiveness of financial incentives for improving diet and health through Medicare and Medicaid: A microsimulation study PLOS-Medicine
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Vitamin D Receptor

Vitamin D Receptor table shows what compensates for low 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
15) BerberineVitamin 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


Supplements category in VitaminDWiki has the following

Supplement  # of
Increase D
to tissue
Magnesium 351
Many people need Mg
Vit D consumes Mg
Muscle pain, Afib
a day
Vitamin K 153
Hard bones, soft arteries115% 2 day
Omega-3 395
Synergistic with Vit D
Independent of Vit D
30? % 2 day
Calcium 222
Reduce or add Vit K 2 day
Zinc 89
immunity20 ?% if poor VDR 7 day
Boron 37
plants and animals need B+20% 7 day
Resveratrol 47
antioxidant >100% if poor VDRDaily
Also    Vitamin C 55
  Iodine 30
  Iron 68
  Vitamin B12 57
Selenium 25   Folate 31

Example: Vitamin K

Live Longer - data-based 2019

A lot more categories @ Information is Beautiful

Yet again, review of poor nutrition education for doctors - JAMA March 2019

Nutrition Education in Medical School, Residency Training, and Practice

  • "Beginning with medical school, the time devoted to nutrition is limited, with an average of 19 total hours..."
  • "Similarly, requirements for nutrition education are lacking in specialty training programs. For example, the current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Program Requirement document for internal medicine residency has 42 pages, and the document for cardiovascular disease fellowship has 41 pages, but neither document includes the words “nutrition” or “diet.”
  • "In a 2017 survey of 646 cardiologists, 90% reported that they had not received adequate nutrition education to counsel their patients, even though 95% believed it was their personal responsibility to do so"
  • "Is it appropriate to serve pizza and soft drinks at a resident conference while bemoaning the high prevalence of obesity and encouraging patients to eat healthier? A similarly poor example exists in medical conferences, including national meetings, where some morning sessions are accompanied by foods such as donuts and sausage"

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Note: Doctors are paid for treating health problems, not preventing them.
Doctors and hospitals have a negative financal incentive for preventing health problems
   Founder of VitaminDWiki


See also: What is the easiest way to get healthy: Vitamin D, Healthy Food, or Exercise

Ultraprocessed foods - an excellent article describing a book - July 2023

The Perils of Highly Processed Food

  • "In the new book “Ultra-Processed People” (Norton), the British doctor and medical journalist Chris van Tulleken bravely turns himself into a" guinea pig to explore the ins and outs of ultra-processed food (U.P.F.)—basically, food made up of substances that you would never find at home.
  • ...."he reports of his U.P.F. diet. “But at the same time, I was no longer enjoying it. Meals took on a uniformity: everything seemed similar, regardless of whether it was sweet or savoury. I was never hungry. But I was also never satisfied.” He gained weight, and so did his family: “It was impossible to stop the kids from eating my Coco Pops, slices of pizza, oven chips, lasagne, chocolate.” Sacrificing his health for science’s sake, he drinks a can of Diet Coke every morning for breakfast “and gradually began craving Diet Coke with every meal and between meals.”
  • ..."we seek out the now hard-to-find, tart, low-sugar heirloom Winesap, and regard the Honeycrisp as a sensory lie of another kind, a poisoned apple. "
  • "Technical names can make the familiar seem alien. We’d be put off if something were described as a concoction of luteolin, hydroxytyrosol, apigenin, oleic acid, and oleocanthal—but they’re all natural components of your extra-virgin olive oil."

Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn't Food Amazon $7 kindle June 2023

24+ VitaminDWiki pages with LONGEVITY etc in the title

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5% of the world consumes 55% of the prescription medications while lifespan is decreasing (US) – March 2024 19 Mar, 2024
Low Vitamin D is one reason for shorter lifespan amoung the poor - Dec 2023 22 Jan, 2024
High Omega-3 index increases longevity, even among smokers - Patrick Jan 2024 17 Jan, 2024
Extending Health Span is a better goal than extending Lifespan -July 2021 01 Jan, 2024
16 Longevity books compared in a video - Dec 2023 20 Dec, 2023
Possible large Vitamin D intervention trial to increase longevity in Saudi Arabia etc. 10 Dec, 2023
Life-extension, improved healthspan: Diet, Exercise, Omega-3, Vitamin D - many studies 09 Dec, 2023
The Longevity and Brain Benefits of Vigorous Exercise - Patrick video Dec 2023 05 Dec, 2023
The ONE Supplement All Longevity Experts Are Taking (Magnesium) - video and transcript Dec 2023 03 Dec, 2023
Longevity experts take Vitamin D, Omega-3, and Magnesium - Patrick video Sept 2023 10 Nov, 2023
How Vitamin D, Omega-3s, and Exercise May Increase Longevity - Patrick Nov 2023 10 Nov, 2023
Longevity and healthspan increased by Vitamin D - many studies 06 Apr, 2023
Magnesium Role in Health and Longevity - many studies 18 Oct, 2022
Vitamin D might increase lifespan – clinical trial with 5,000 mice - June 2021 06 Jun, 2021
Longevity expert (Sinclair) supplements include Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Resveratrol – Sept 2019 30 Sep, 2019
Lifespan and healthspan extension by resveratrol - Jan 2015 28 Apr, 2019
Healthspan is more important than Lifespan – JAMA Oct 2018 02 Oct, 2018
Centenarians have good Vitamin D Receptors (longevity is also increased by higher Vit D levels) – Aug 2016 24 Jul, 2017
Avoiding the sun reduces lifespan by 2 years (smoking reduces lifespan by 10 years) – March 2016 09 Jun, 2017
Sunbathing (vitamin D) increases lifespan in Sweden by about 1 year – March 2016 09 Jun, 2017
Vitamin D extends lifespan about 60 percent (for worms in a lab) – Oct 2016 26 Oct, 2016
Micronutrients, methylation, epigenetics, longevity podcast by Rhonda Patrick and Tim Ferriss - June 2015 22 Jun, 2015
Off topic: Special issue on Longevity in the Journal Nature - free text Dec 2012 07 Dec, 2012
If you have inherited longevity genes you can take 200 IU less vitamin D - Nov 2012 09 Nov, 2012
Every hour of TV watched reduces your lifespan by 22 minutes – Aug 2011 26 Aug, 2011

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