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Vitamin D studies have their day in the sun, but experts say enthusiasm still outpaces evidence


It has been two years since the Institute of Medicine released its report on vitamin D that said scientific evidence supported its role in bone health but not much else. It quashed a multitude of early hopes that the sunshine vitamin might prevent cancer and improve health across a variety of medical issues, and for some time afterward, it was relatively quiet on the research front.

A new spate of studies has erupted recently, however, again suggesting vitamin D has a role in preventive and acute health care. A quick search of the SmartBrief archive turned up more than a dozen reports over two months linking vitamin D to strong gums, physical fitness, preventing long hospital stays, tuberculosis, diabetes, colds, prostate cancer, asthma and fractures.

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