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Vitamin D and Ageing

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Thomas Hill, Dr Antoneta Granic, Dr Terry AsprayORCiD


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One hundred years has passed since the discovery of vitamin D as the active component of cod-liver oil which cured the bone disease rickets. Since then our knowledge of vitamin D has expanded tremendously and has included recognition of the importance of UV radiation as a source of the vitamin as well as the discovery of the vitamin as a nutrient, a pro-hormone and a potent steroid hormone with a major role in calcium and bone metabolism. In the last 25 years or so, the discovery of the vitamin D receptor in over 30 different body tissues together with the existence of the alpha-1-hydroxylase enzyme in these tissues provided evidence of a pleiotropic role of vitamin D outside its classical role in the skeleton. These important discoveries have provided the basis for the increasing interest in vitamin D in the context of nutritional requirements for health including the prevention of chronic diseases of ageing. The recent publication of the Dietary Reference Intake report on vitamin D and calcium by the North American Institute of Medicine (IOM) is the most comprehensive report to date on the basis for setting nutritional requirements for vitamin D. This chapter will summarize the nutritional aspects of vitamin D and discuss the changes in vitamin D metabolism and requirements with ageing. It will summarize key evidence on the relationship between vitamin D status and some of the main ageing related health outcomes including bone, muscle and cognitive health as well as survival focusing on the published literature in very-old adults (those >= 85 years of age).

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Author(s): Hill TR, Granic A, Aspray TJ

Editor(s): J. Robin Harris and Viktor I. Korolchuk

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Ageing: Part I Biomedical Science

Year: 2018

Volume: 90

Pages: 191-220

Online publication date: 19/02/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Series Title: Subcellular Biochemistry

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Singapore


DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2835-0_8

PubMed id: 30779011

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789811328343