A Day at the Indiana State Fair as the Dairy Princess

Audrie Koester is the 2009 Indiana Dairy Princess sponsored by the Evansville Young Dairymen from Vanderburgh County. She is a junior at Purdue University blending her passion for communication and agriculture into Agriculture Communication. Audrie is a former 4-H member and enjoys sewing, shopping, singing and hanging out with family and friends. Continue reading

Vitamin D Update: Easy to Get D with Dairy

 
An 8 oz. glass of milk contains 9 essential nutrients including Vitamin D for less than 25 cents.

An 8 oz. glass of milk contains 9 essential nutrients including Vitamin D for less than 25 cents.

        Vitamin D is a steroid hormone precursor that has recently been found to play a role in a wide variety of diseases.  Current research indicates Vitamin D deficiency plays a role in causing seventeen varieties of cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease.  Recent laboratory, animal, and epidemiologic evidence suggest that Vitamin D may be protective against some cancers.  For example, dietary surveys have associated increased intake of dairy foods with decreased incidence of colon cancer and associated a higher calcium and Vitamin D intake with a lower incidence of colon cancer.  Well-designed clinical trials need to be conducted to determine whether Vitamin D deficiency increases cancer risk, or if an increased intake of Vitamin D is protective against some cancers.  Until then, it is premature to advise anyone to take vitamin D supplements to prevent cancer.  However, epidemiologic studies suggest a higher dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D and/or sunlight-induced vitamin D synthesis, correlates with a lower incidence of cancer.  Continue reading