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Dr. Finnell presents at Linus…


Dr. Finnell presents at Linus Pauling Institute Conference on Diet and Optimum Health

John S. Finnell, AOMA doctoral program director, will present an oral abstract of  Vitamin D and aging: Unraveling the regulatory axis between vitamin D and klotho at the Linus Pauling Institute 2013 Conference on Diet and Optimum Health on May 17th. Here is a brief summary of the abstract:

While the benefits of vitamin D on bone health are known by the general public, population-based studies have shown that low vitamin D may increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disease, some cancers and all-cause mortality. To better understand the health benefits of correcting vitamin D insufficiency, John Finnell ND, MPH, MS, of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, is investigating how vitamin D modulates novel metabolic pathways associated with aging.  In the finding of their latest study, Dr. Finnell, along with his team of collaborators at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and at Bastyr University in Seattle, report data suggesting that correcting vitamin D insufficiency may also result in increased blood levels of Klotho, a protein produced in the body that is thought to slow the aging process through suppression of insulin-like signaling and reducing oxidative stress.  These results open a new area of vitamin D research that may lead to a better understanding of how insufficient vitamin D levels put us at greater risk of chronic disease and premature death.  Perhaps this knowledge will encourage us each to get a healthy dose of sunshine to feel better and live longer!

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