Articles by Michael F. Holick PhD MDVitamin D Expert & Researcher - Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Director of the General Clinical Research Center; and Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Heliotherapy, Light, and Skin Research Center at Boston University Medical Center. He has helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical community regarding vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. population, and its role in causing metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults. Dr. Holick serves on a number national committees and editorial boards and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and written more than 220 review articles and has acted as editor and/or co-editor on eight books.
Being vitamin D deficient has been associated with increased risk of developing and dying from cancers of the colon, prostate, breast and esophagus, among others. Vitamin D deficiency also increases your risk for several autoimmune diseases including type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Heart disease has also been associated with vitamin D deficiency.
Most people think of vitamin D as the “bone” vitamin, but new research shows a surprisingly strong connection between vitamin D and cardiovascular health. Let’s look at some of the vitamin D research.