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Vitamin D encyc. - 2nd edition, Holick - April 2013

Vitamin D: Physiology, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Applications, Michael Holick (Editor)

being reissued as a single volume paperback. $119
Hardback 2nd edition 2 volume 2010, first edition 1999

Description of book on Amazon

In Vitamin D: Physiology, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Applications, Second Edition, leading researchers provide a comprehensive, highly readable overview of the biological functions and clinical applications of vitamin D and its metabolites.

Topics range from the most recent recommendations for vitamin D intake to new approaches for the treatment and prevention of vitamin D deficiency and the development of active vitamin D drugs to treat psoriasis and cancer.

The book demonstrates the significant role that vitamin D has in maintaining good bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis, an important health problem for adults over the age of fifty.

In addition, it authoritatively reviews the

  • relationship between sunlight exposure, vitamin D, and increased risk of colon and breast cancer;
  • how vitamin D is made in the skin; and
  • the sequence of events that leads to its activation by the kidney.

Also examined are the biological functions of 1,25-dihydrovitamin D3 on

  • the intestine and bone, as well as
  • other tissues, such as
    skin, the
    immune system,
    prostate, and
    breast, and
  • vitamin D's molecular mechanism of action on the cell membrane and nucleus.

The first edition of Vitamin D: Physiology, Molecular Biology and Clinical Applications was the benchmark in the field when published in 1999.

This new and expanded volume continues to include extensive, in-depth chapters covering the most important aspects of the complex interactions between vitamin D and other dietary components, the ongoing debate concerning the best indicator of optimal vitamin D status and its nutrient requirements, and the impact of less than optimal status on disease risk.

Vitamin D: Physiology, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Applications, Second Edition is designed and organized not only to be an up-to-date review on the subject, but also to provide medical students, graduate students, health care professionals and even the lay public with a reference source for the most up-to-date information about the vitamin D deficiency pandemic and its clinical implications for health and disease.

See also VitaminDWiki