Date of Paper/Work

5-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Gay Varecka

Abstract

The past decade has sparked renewed interest in vitamin D. This interest is at the forefront of research and debate. Hardly a day goes by when information regarding the vitamin is not in the health care news, highlighting new data suggesting health benefits that extend beyond healthy bones. Accompanying this renewed interest has been a proliferation of published studies related to adverse consequences of deficiency for a broad range of chronic illnesses. This paper presents research demonstrating the basics of vitamin D, effects vitamin D has on diverse body systems, various position statements from national health organizations on the significance of the research, opinions from expert researchers, debates among health care professionals, and updated guidelines from the Institute of Medicine regarding recommended daily allowances

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