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VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY and FOSAMAX

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VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY Symptoms and Causes

What is vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency means that you are not getting enough vitamin D to stay healthy.

Why do I need vitamin D and how do I get it?

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium is one of the main building blocks of bone. Vitamin D also has a role in your nervous, muscle, and immune systems.

You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements. Your body forms vitamin D naturally after exposure to sunlight. But too much sun exposure can lead to skin aging and skin cancer, so many people try to get their vitamin D from other sources.

How much vitamin D do I need?

The amount of vitamin D you need each day depends on your age. The recommended amounts, in international units (IU), are

  • Birth to 12 months: 400 IU
  • Children 1-13 years: 600 IU
  • Teens 14-18 years: 600 IU
  • Adults 19-70 years: 600 IU
  • Adults 71 years and older: 800 IU
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women: 600 IU

People at high risk of vitamin D deficiency may need more. Check with your health care provider about how much you need.

What causes vitamin D deficiency?

You can become deficient in vitamin D for different reasons:

  • You don't get enough vitamin D in your diet
  • You don't absorb enough vitamin D from food (a malabsorption problem)
  • You don't get enough exposure to sunlight.
  • Your liver or kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form in the body.
  • You take medicines that interfere with your body's ability to convert or absorb vitamin D
Who is at risk of vitamin D deficiency?

Some people are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency:

  • Breastfed infants, because human milk is a poor source of vitamin D. If you are breastfeeding, give your infant a supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D every day.
  • Older adults, because your skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as when you were young, and your kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form.
  • People with dark skin, which has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun.
  • People with disorders such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease who don't handle fat properly, because vitamin D needs fat to be absorbed.
  • People who have obesity, because their body fat binds to some vitamin D and prevents it from getting into the blood.
  • People who have had gastric bypass surgery
  • People with osteoporosis
  • People with chronic kidney or liver disease.
  • People with hyperparathyroidism (too much of a hormone that controls the body's calcium level)
  • People with sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis, or other granulomatous disease (disease with granulomas, collections of cells caused by chronic inflammation)
  • People with some lymphomas, a type of cancer.
  • People who take medicines that affect vitamin D metabolism, such as cholestyramine (a cholesterol drug), anti-seizure drugs, glucocorticoids, antifungal drugs, and HIV/AIDS medicines.

Talk with your health care provider if you are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. There is a blood test which can measure how much vitamin D is in your body.

What problems does vitamin D deficiency cause?

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a loss of bone density, which can contribute to osteoporosis and fractures.

Severe vitamin D deficiency can also lead to other diseases. In children, it can cause rickets. Rickets is a rare disease that causes the bones to become soft and bend. African American infants and children are at higher risk of getting rickets. In adults, severe vitamin D deficiency leads to osteomalacia. Osteomalacia causes weak bones, bone pain, and muscle weakness.

Researchers are studying vitamin D for its possible connections to several medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis. They need to do more research before they can understand the effects of vitamin D on these conditions.

How can I get more vitamin D?

There are a few foods that naturally have some vitamin D:

  • Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Egg yolks

You can also get vitamin D from fortified foods. You can check the food labels to find out whether a food has vitamin D. Foods that often have added vitamin D include

  • Milk
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Orange juice
  • Other dairy products, such as yogurt
  • Soy drinks

Vitamin D is in many multivitamins. There are also vitamin D supplements, both in pills and a liquid for babies.

If you have vitamin D deficiency, the treatment is with supplements. Check with your health care provider about how much you need to take, how often you need to take it, and how long you need to take it.

Can too much vitamin D be harmful?

Getting too much vitamin D (known as vitamin D toxicity) can be harmful. Signs of toxicity include nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, constipation, weakness, and weight loss. Excess vitamin D can also damage the kidneys. Too much vitamin D also raises the level of calcium in your blood. High levels of blood calcium (hypercalcemia) can cause confusion, disorientation, and problems with heart rhythm.

Most cases of vitamin D toxicity happen when someone overuses vitamin D supplements. Excessive sun exposure doesn't cause vitamin D poisoning because the body limits the amount of this vitamin it produces.

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1 Not yet recruiting The Effect of Alendronate on the Immune Response to Hepatitis B Vaccine in Healthy Adults
Condition: Healthy Volunteers
Interventions: Drug: Alendronate;   Drug: Hepatitis B Vaccine;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Safety/Adverse events;   Efficacy
2 Recruiting Testosterone and Alendronate in Hypogonadal Men
Conditions: Hypogonadism;   Osteopenia;   Osteoporosis
Interventions: Drug: Testosterone;   Drug: Alendronate;   Drug: Placebo Alendronate;   Drug: Placebo Testosterone
Outcome Measure: Spine Bone Mineral Density by DXA
3 Unknown  Alendronate for Vascular Calcification in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients?
Condition: Peritoneal Dialysis
Intervention: Drug: alendronate (Fosamax)
Outcome Measures: 1.Changes of calcification score of coronary arteries and aorta;   2.Changes of bone density;   changes of parathyroid hormone;   changes of serum calcium and phosphate level;   changes of C reactive protein;   changes of lipid profile;   adverse reactions
4 Unknown  Fosamax for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Condition: Osteoporosis
Interventions: Drug: Alendronate;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: The percent change in bone mineral density (BMD) at lumbar spine at 36-weeks in subjects who receive active and control treatments;   Changes in BMD at femoral neck;   Changes in biochemical markers of bone turnover;   Occurrence of clinical bone-related symptoms at 12-weeks and end of this study
5 Not yet recruiting RA Denosumab on Bone Microstructure Study
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Interventions: Drug: Denosumab;   Drug: Alendronate
Outcome Measures: Changes from baseline in bone volumetric density at distal radius at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in trabecular bone microarchitecture at distal radius at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in bone volumetric density at the 2nd metacarpal bone at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in trabecular bone microarchitecture at 2nd metacarpal bone at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in areal bone density at total hip at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in areal bone density at lumbar spine at 6th month;   Changes in areal bone density at distal radius at 6th month;   Changes from baseline in bone volumetric density at distal radius at 3rd month;   Changes from baseline in trabecular bone microarchitecture at distal radius at 3rd month;   Changes from baseline in bone volumetric density at the 2nd metacarpal bone at 3rd month;   Changes from baseline in trabecular bone microarchitecture at 2nd metacarpal bone at 3rd month;   Changes from baseline in areal bone density at total hip at 3rd month;   Changes from baseline in areal bone density at lumbar spine at 3rd month;   Changes in areal bone density at distal radius at 3rd month
6 Recruiting Study to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of Romosozumab in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis
Condition: Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis
Interventions: Drug: Romosozumab;   Drug: Alendronate
Outcome Measures: Incidence of clinical fracture;   Incidence of new vertebral fracture;   Incidence of fracture;   Percent changes in DXA Bone Mineral Density from baseline to 12 months;   Percent changes in DXA Bone Mineral Density from baseline to 24 months;   Percent changes in DXA Bone Mineral Density from baseline to 36 months
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Intervention: Drug: alendronate/vitamin D
Outcome Measures: Percentage changes in BMD at a) the lumbar spine and b) proximal femur;   Feasibility;   Acceptability;   Safety/Tolerability;   Adherence;   Bone Biomarkers
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Condition: Calcific Aortic Stenosis
Interventions: Drug: Denosumab;   Drug: Alendronic Acid;   Drug: Denosumab Placebo;   Drug: Alendronic Acid Placebo
Outcome Measures: Change in aortic valve calcium score;   Change in aortic valve 18F-NaF uptake;   Change in aortic-jet velocity;   Change in thoracic aortic and coronary artery calcium score;   Change in thoracic spine bone mineral density;   Change in quality of life determined by Short Form 36 Questionnaire
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Condition: Osteoporosis
Interventions: Drug: Alendronate;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Incidence of new osteoporotic fractures;   Equivalence of deaths with and without continued bisphosphonate therapy;   Incidence of the combination of fractures and deaths
10 Recruiting Bone Healing After Dental Extraction in Postmenopausal Osteoporotic Women Treated With Alendronate Per os Weekly
Condition: Alveolar Bone Healing After Dental Extraction
Intervention: Procedure: Dental extraction
Outcome Measures: Alveolar socket filled by new bone;   Mucosal injury
11 Unknown  The Study of the Early Administration of Alendronate on Prevention of Bone Loss After Hip Fracture.
Condition: Osteoporosis
Intervention: Drug: Alendronate
Outcome Measure:
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Interventions: Drug: alendronate once weekly 70mg;   Drug: placebo
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Conditions: Osteoporosis;   Cystic Fibrosis
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Outcome Measure:
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Interventions: Drug: alendronate sodium;   Drug: calcium carbonate;   Drug: cholecalciferol
Outcome Measure:
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Condition: Osteoporosis
Intervention: Drug: Maxmarvil®
Outcome Measure: analysis of Alendronate concentrate
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Condition: Low Bone Density
Interventions: Drug: Teriparatide;   Drug: Alendronate;   Dietary Supplement: calcium and vitamin D
Outcome Measures: Number of Stro-1+ MSCs at bone resorption sites in bone biopsies of subjects treated with PTH or ALN.;   Number of p-Smad 2/3+ cells/mm2 at active resorption sites on bone biopsy specimens of subjects treated with PTH or ALN.;   The percent increase in Stro-1+/CD146+ cells in the blood before and after treatment with PTH or ALN.;   Number of human Stro-1+ MSCs at bone resorption sites in bone of Rag2-/- mice reconstituted with human bone marrow derived from subjects treated with PTH or ALN.
17 Recruiting Twenty Four Month Extension Study of BA058-05-003
Condition: Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Intervention: Drug: Alendronate
Outcome Measures: Safety;   Vertebral Fracture Incidence;   Non-vertebral Fracture Incidence
18 Recruiting Bisphosphonate Biomarker Study
Conditions: Osteoporosis, With or Without Treatment;   Bisphosphonate Treatment;   Atypical Femur Fracture;   Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaws (BRONJ);   Healthy Volunteers
Intervention:
Outcome Measures: Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion (ADME) Profiling of DNA from all sample types vs. normative data for the ADME panel and across study groups;   Differential expression of miRNA biomarkers across participant groups within the study
19 Recruiting Effectiveness of DiscontinuinG bisphosphonatEs Study: R21 Pilot Study
Condition: Osteoporosis
Intervention: Drug: Alendronate
Outcome Measures: Clinical site recruitment rate;   Participant recruitment rate;   Contracting and procedures;   Administrative procedures;   Osteonecrosis of the jaw;   Atypical femoral fracture;   Clinical fracture rate
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Condition: Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Intervention: Drug: Teriparatide 40-mcg subcutaneous injection
Outcome Measure: Bone turnover marker (blood sample)