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Information on the latest vitamin D news and research.

Find out more information on deficiency, supplementation, sun exposure, and how vitamin D relates to your health.

Comprehensive new review suggests certain drugs may contribute to lower vitamin D levels

A review of various human clinical and epidemiological studies determined that certain medications commonly used by elderly individuals are related to lower vitamin D levels.

Drug-nutrient interactions are the interactions between a food, a nutrient, or nutrition status and a pharmaceutical drug. They are considered to be side effects. For example, deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, or zinc may impair drug metabolism, and certain diuretics and corticosteroids deplete the body of vitamin K.

While polypharmacy, or the use multiple medications by a patient, is very common among elderly individuals who have multiple conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, it is associated with decreased quality of life and decreased mobility and cognition.

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  About: Will Hunter

Will is the Program Associate of the Vitamin D council and works on website administration, content production and editing, and fundraising. He is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and technology and how they relate to health and longevity.

2 Responses to Comprehensive new review suggests certain drugs may contribute to lower vitamin D levels

  1. Rita and Misty says:

    Contraceptives are known to deplete certain B vitamins. I wonder about vitamin D?

  2. Rita and Misty says:

    To clarify : I wonder if 25(OH)D level is lowered by oral contraceptive