Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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I am a long-term of multiple myeloma (MM). Extensive radiation damage sustained during my original therapy caused radiation-induced peripheral neuropathy (RIPN). The bottom line is that my leg strength and balance is minimal. I practice a host of therapies to manage my nerve damage. Vitamin D is one of those therapies.
Vitamin D3 supplementation improves balance, muscle strength and can prevent falls. My experience coupled with the evidence-based research below clearly proves this. I suffer from radiation-induced lumbo-sacral plexopathy (RILP). My leg strength and balance are needed to keep me out of a wheelchair.
My father and I are like the two studies linked and excerpted below- I am independent (first study) and dad is housebound (second study). As a long-term multiple myeloma survivor suffering from chemo and radiation-induced nerve damage I need all the muscle strength and balance I can get. Dad is 88 and suffers from the usual old age health challenges.
I supplement with Life Extension Foundation Vitamin D3 (1000mg x 3 daily) and my dad doesn’t. I’m not the athlete that I once was but I can still workout every morning (moderately) and I’ve managed to stay out of a wheelchair for 20 years now-post aggressive chemotherapy and radiation.
My 88 year old dad fell last Saturday night and while he is okay, he is in rehab for the next few weeks trying to regain some leg strength and balance.
My point is that supplementing with Vitamin D3 is important and not part of what conventional doctors think about when counseling older patients.
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(Ed.note- 7/24/18-dad passed away about 18 months ago. Mom fell and broke her hip in May of 2017 and must use a walker or wheelchair).
Thanks and hang in there,
“OBJECTIVES: To systematically review and quantitatively synthesize the effect of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, gait, and balance in older adults…
DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis…
SETTING: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, bibliographies of selected articles, and previous systematic reviews were searched between January 1980 and November 2010 for eligible articles…
RESULTS: All studies with daily doses of 800 IU or more demonstrated beneficial effects on balance and muscle strength…
CONCLUSION: Supplemental vitamin D with daily doses of 800 to 1,000 IU consistently demonstrated beneficial effects on strength and balance. An effect on gait was not demonstrated, although further evaluation is recommended.”
“Conclusion: A vitamin D intervention delivered through MOW was feasible, resulting in improvements in 25(OH)D concentrations and a lower rate of falls in adjusted analyses. Further research is needed to validate the reduction in falls from this type of intervention.”
Introduction: Vitamin D deficiency is a common health problem. Vitamin D supplements are used to improve vitamin D status; however, there are contradictory data related to what doses to give and how often they should be given. Many studies have investigated the effects of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, but the results remain controversial. We aimed to compare the effects and safety of single high-dose with daily low-dose oral colecalciferol on 25(OH)D levels and muscle strength in postmenopausal women with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency…
Results: Pretreatment vitamin D levels did not differ between the two groups (10.2 ± 4.4 ng/mL (25,4 ± 10,9 nmol/L); 9.7 ± 4.4 ng/mL (24,2 ± 10,9 nmol/L), p > 0.05). A significant increase in vitamin D levels was observed in both groups at 4 and 12 weeks after vitamin D3 treatment. The increase in the single-dose group was significantly higher than the daily low-dosage group at the 4th week (35.9 ± 9.6 ng/mL (89,6 ± 23,9 nmol/L), 16.9 ± 5.8 ng/mL (42,1 ± 14,4 nmol/L), p = 0.01). The increase in the single-dose group was significantly higher than in the daily low dosage group at the 12th week (23.4 ± 4.7 ng/mL (58,4 ± 11,7 nmol/L), 19.8 ± 7.2 ng/mL (49,4 ± 17,9 nmol/L), p = 0.049). The quadriceps muscle strength score increased significantly in the daily group at the 4th week (p = 0.038). The hamstring muscle strength score increased significantly in the daily group at the 12th week (p = 0.037).
Conclusion: Although daily administration routes are more effective in improving muscle strength, a single administration is more effective in increasing vitamin D levels.