Thursday, March 18, 2010

#VitaminD can Reduce the Risk of #HeartDisease

According to research by Intermountain Medical Center in Utah, taking vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney failure, depression and death.

That's serious. I have increased my levels of vitamin D lately, due to other research findings, but this one makes it clear that vitamin D deficiency is widespread. That's likely because the vitamin is found in few foods and mainly comes from sun exposure. But sunscreen blocks absorption.

How do you know if you are vitamin D deficient? Have your levels checked through a blood test with your doctor.

Reported in The Salt Lake Tribune, March 15, 2010, one of the authors of the study, Brent Muhlestein, director of cardiovascular research at Intermountain, who presented to the American College of Cardiology's annual conference in Atlanta, suggested that patients who increased their vitamin D levels to 1,000 to 5,000 international units a day might be appropriate to reduce their risks of the chronic diseases.

Earlier research at Intermountain found that low levels of vitamin D made patients more likely to develop heart failure or coronary artery disease, or have a stroke.

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