Thursday, October 30, 2014

USANA Essentials of Health - Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels are related to progression of knee osteoarthritis 

At a Glance:

A new study in patients with knee osteoarthritis indicates that insufficient vitamin D serum levels may be related to an increased risk of progressive knee osteoarthritis.

Read more about this research below: 

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that mainly affects cartilage, causing functional limitation and disability particularly in the elderly. It is estimated that over 27 million individuals over the age of 65 suffer from osteoarthritis, which most commonly affects the knee. Vitamin D plays many biological and functional roles in joint health, so vitamin D status may play a role in the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

In a new study published online in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers investigated whether serum vitamin D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations might predict the progression of knee OA. PTH is responsible for regulating the metabolism of vitamin D.

The study included 418 participants enrolled in the Osteoarthritis Initiative who had at least one knee with diagnosed osteoarthritis. Serum vitamin D and PTH were measured at the 30 or 36 month visit of the study, and progression of OA was defined as an increase in the joint space narrowing (JSN) score between the 2 and 4 year study visits.  

The average serum vitamin D level of the participants was 26 ng/ml, while 16% of this population had levels below 15 ng/ml. Between the beginning of the study and follow-up visits, 14% of the subjects experienced joint space narrowing (increased JSN score). Subjects with a low vitamin D level (< 15 ng/ml) had twice the risk of elevated knee OA progression than the participants with vitamin D levels > 15 ng/ml. Although a high serum PTH itself was not associated with a significant increase in JSN score, individuals with both low vitamin D and high PTH (> 73 pg/ml) had a greater than 3 fold increased risk of OA progression.

The results of the present study suggest that individuals deficient in vitamin D have greater risk of osteoarthritis progression than those with normal vitamin D levels.

Fang Fang Zhang et al. Vitamin D Deficiency Is Associated with Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis. First published October 1, 2014, doi: 10.3945/jn.114.193227.

SOURCE: USANA Essentials of Health

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Zdanis USANA Team Recognition

Week Ending 10.24.14

New Distributor Associate Team Members

·         Javier Reyes, Bradenton, FL, US

Title Advancements

·         Margo Scott, Clayton, NC, US - BUILDER
·         Eliana Pinto, Hamilton, ON, CA - SHARER

Top 20 Income Earners

1, Pete and Dora Zdanis, Philadelphia, PA, US
2, Bruce Pierce, Tempe, AZ, US
3, Bob Shehan, El Paso, TX, US
4, Norm Bryant, Albuquerque, NM, US
5, Richard Cameron, Hamilton, ON, CA
6, Dr. Chuck Misja, Hudson, OH, US
7, Jim & Robin Molleur, Rio Rancho, NM, US
8, Dr. Gary Young, Hartsdale, NY, US
9, Margo Scott, Clayton, NC, US
10, Sandy Holcomb, Durham, NC, US
11, Elizabeth Pasquale, Ossining, NY, US
12, Pauline Puzynska, Hamilton, ON, CA
13, Ruth Kohake, Tarrytown, NY, US
14, Yvonne Acosta, El Paso, TX, US
15, John Chan, Doylestown, PA, US
16, Robin Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC, US
17, Tom Madison, Alexandria, VA, US
18, Carol Sullivan, Las Cruces, NM, US
19, Robert Nanney, Orange, CA, US
20, Nancy Davidson, Mammoth Lakes, CA, US

Top Sponsors of Distributor Associates

1, Trevor Aabel, Nokomis, FL, US

Top Enrollers of Preferred Customers

2, Irma Aragon, El Paso, TX, US
2, Karine Spagnoletti, Clayton, NC, US
1, Norm Bryant, Albuquerque, NM, US
1, Leslie Coughlan, Boynton Beach, FL, US
1, Lynn Kimbrough, Arvada, CO, US
1, Wendy Murakami, Monson, MA, US
1, Bruce Pierce, Tempe, AZ, US
1, Margo Scott, Clayton, NC, US
1, Gayle Silver, Chapel Hill, NC, US
1, Robin Thomas, Chapel Hill, NC, US 

Zdanis USANA Team Recognition 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

USANA Essentials of Health - Vitamin B

Higher intake of select B vitamins is associated with lower risk of childhood obesity 

At a Glance:

A recent study has shown that higher dietary intakes of vitamin B12, folate, thiamin and riboflavin are associated with lower risks of obesity during childhood.

Read more about this research below:

Several B vitamins play roles in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and the health of mitochondria, which are involved in energy metabolism. Previous research has indicated that insufficient micronutrient intake can be a contributing factor in childhood obesity, but the results of research have been somewhat inconsistent.  

In a new study published online in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers examined the associations between serum vitamin B12 and folate concentrations, and intakes of select B vitamins with body fat. 

Subjects included 1,131 Mexican American children 8-15 yrs. of age who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2004. Blood samples were analyzed for serum vitamin B12 and folate levels, and dietary questionnaire responses provided information concerning B vitamin intake. Dexa scans of fat mass and total body fat mass were used along with BMI as measures of body fat. 

Body mass index, trunk fat mass and total body fat mass increased with age, but children with higher serum levels of B12 and folate had lower measures of BMI, trunk fat and total body fat. Normal weight children had higher serum B12 levels compared overweight or obese children. Analysis of B vitamin intake showed that children with higher intakes of thiamin (B1) and riboflavin (B2) were more likely to have a healthy BMI and lower body trunk fat mass.  

The results of this study showing the inverse relationship between the status of B12, folate, riboflavin and thiamin suggest that these micronutrients may play a role in the risk and development of childhood obesity.

Inong R Gunanti et al. Low Serum Vitamin B-12 and Folate Concentrations and Low Thiamin and Riboflavin Intakes Are Inversely Associated with Greater Adiposity in Mexican American Children. First published October 8, 2014, doi: 10.3945/jn.114.201202

Source: USANA Health Sciences Essentials of Health

Monday, October 20, 2014

USANA Power of Two Update

October, 2014 Power of Two/#TYCP – 10.20.14 Update

2 + 2 = 2: Two Approaches a Day + Two Presentations a Week = Two Enrollments a Month

The following USANA Associates have sponsored two or more new Associates so far in October, 2014:

3 – Kevin Grizzard, Achiever, Raleigh, NC, US
2 – Trevor Aabel, Builder, Nokomis, FL, US
2 – Marivel Nera, Port Hueneme, CA, US
2 – Bob Shehan, Gold Director, El Paso, TX, US

Please be sure to let us know when you sponsor YOUR two or more new Associates in October so that we can recognize your achievements and celebrate your success!

Simply send your complete name, USANA pin level, city and state or province to:

Pete and Dora Zdanis
Philadelphia, PA
Mobile/Text: 610.316.8637


USANA Essentials of Health - CoQ10

Higher CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 levels may be associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease 

At a Glance:

In a recent study, researchers discovered a significant correlation between healthy plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B-6 and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. 

Read more about this research below:

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 30% of all deaths. It is estimated that by 2030, over 23 million people will die from cardiovascular diseases annually.

In a new study published in Nutrition Research, scientists investigated the possible relationship between plasma levels of CoEnzyme Q10 and vitamin B6 and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). Study participants included 134 adults, 45 with at least 50% stenosis (blockage) of one major coronary artery. The control group (n=89) had normal blood biochemistry and were free of CAD.  Researchers measured the plasma concentrations of CoQ10, vitamin B6 and lipid profiles of each participant.

Individuals with CAD were found to have significantly lower plasma CoQ10 and Vitamin B6 compared to the control group. Even after adjusting for other CAD risk factors, subjects with higher CoQ10 plasma concentration had a significantly lower risk of CAD. Higher plasma vitamin B6 concentration also related to a significantly lower risk of CAD, but the relationship was less significant after adjusting for other CAD risk factors. 

This observational study suggests that there may be a significant correlation between the plasma levels of CoQ10 and Vitamin B6 and the risk of cardiovascular disease.  The researchers state that further research should be conducted to examine the benefits of supplementing CoQ10 in combination with Vitamin B6 to CAD patients, especially if their CoQ10 levels are below normal levels. It should also be noted that Statin drugs, which are commonly prescribed to CAD patients and those at risk, are known to lower plasma CoQ10 levels. 

Bor-Jen Lee et al. A significant correlation between the plasma levels of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B-6 and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. Nutrition Research Volume 32, Issue 10, Pages 751-756, October 2012.

Source: USANA Essentials of Health