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Nutrients 2014, 6(1), 11-14; doi:10.3390/nu6010011
Editorial

Vitamin D and Human Health: Celebrating Diversity

Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Received: 17 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 19 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vitamin D and Human Health)
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This Special Issue of Nutrients: Vitamin D and Human Health celebrates diversity in vitamin D research with articles from bench-to-bedside, examining mechanisms, epidemiology, and clinical issues in the management of non-skeletal disease following themes set by an earlier review in Nutrients [1]. Vitamin D became synonymous with calcium and bone metabolism originating from Casimir Funk’s concept of “Vitamines”. This suggests that vitamin D is an amine found in food with a single mode of action affecting calcium and bone metabolism [2], whereas vitamin D is a secosteroid hormone derived from sunshine with a plethora of physiological functions (autocrine, paracrine, endocrine [3], and epigenetic [4]) associating vitamin D deficiency with many illnesses [1]. Deficiency is pandemic and most prevalent where sun exposure is limited by culture climate and skin colour [5]. Whilst reports have focused on diet and bone metabolism [6], this  Special Issue of Nutrients about Vitamin D and Human Health focuses on non-skeletal disease, and research driven by industry and community health concerns. [...]
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