Dr. Holick discusses the long-term risk factors associated with inflammation.
Well, we think that autoimmune diseases, of course, are associated with an inflammatory process. And so reducing risk of inflammatory activity may reduce your risk of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, which is an intestinal malabsorption problem, and we also know that it may be important for fighting infectious diseases.
So all of that in combination is very important, and vitamin D seems to play a central role in helping maintain your immune system.
About Dr. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.:
Michael Holick, Ph.D., M.D., is the Professor of Medicine of Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and performed his residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Holick specializes in vitamin D, calcium, bone metabolism, photobiology of vitamin, and osteoporosis. Dr. Holick is also the recipient of the American Skin Associations Psoriasis Research Achievement Award, the American College of Nutrition Award, the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and more.