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Vitamin D For Heart Health

By October 8, 2009

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Older adults with low levels of vitamin D may be at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to a new study. Looking at data on 3,408 adults ages 65 and older, researchers found that study members with inadequate vitamin D levels were three times more likely to die from heart disease compared to participants with optimal D levels.

More than one-third of older Americans may be running low on vitamin D, the study authors estimate. Although the vitamin is available in some foods (such as certain types of fish, as well as fortified juices and cereals), it's difficult to obtain your recommended daily intake of D through dietary sources only. Your body can synthesize vitamin D during exposure to the sun's UVB rays, but getting too much sun can raise your risk of skin cancer. Therefore, it may be best to boost your vitamin D levels by taking a daily supplement.

Past research shows that vitamin D may protect against high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.

Comments
October 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(1) Susie M says:

My family and I have been concerned about getting enough Vitamin D and knowing we do not get it from diet or sunshine. We found a great tasting liquid supplement that we like and it takes the worry out of…”am I getting enough D3.” the liquid by Wellesse tastes great and even my kids love taking it and ask for it after dinner! The liquid is much easier than taking pills.

October 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm
(2) Get Brown Tanning says:

Why on earth would you opt to take artifically synthesised supplemental vitamin D when all you need is sensible sunlight exposure to maintain good vitamin D levels? SESNSIBLE (i.e moderate, non-burning) sunlight exposure, either indoors or outdoors, has a minscule ACTUAL effect on your risk of highly treatable skin cancers, compared to the HUGE actual benefits obtained by doing what the body is naturally designed to do with a protective base tan. Don’t sunburn, get moderate UV light in your life, look after your children and ensure your own good health. Don’t let the pharmaceutical companies cash in even more than they already do by SELLING you a vitamin D supplement that you don’t really need. Sun is life! Go live it! Tiffany Brown, Get Brown Tanning, Auckland New Zealand

October 11, 2009 at 3:30 am
(3) Sun not an option says:

response to “Get Brown”
- Unfortunately for most people in the US the sun is not an option for 5 – 6 months of the year. UVB radiation from the sun, the rays needed to make vitamin D, are blocked by the atmosphere between the months of October and April. If you live in the northern half of the US your skin can’t make vitamin D3 during these months no matter how much sun you get. Supplementation is the only option for most of the people living in the US and Canada. Here in Seattle I need to take between 4000 and 5000 IU a day to maintain an optimal blood level (I get tested every 6 months). Low D is epidemic, get yourself tested.

October 13, 2009 at 12:14 am
(4) Symposier says:

In fact, vitamin D is a hormone, maybe that’s why it has so many benefits to our body. The bad news is that the best way to get enough of it is directly from the sun, it’s true that we can take it from pills or eating foods with high levels of it but actually our body won’t reach enough levels. There is more information on vitamin D at Symposier site for physicians interested in this and other medical topics.

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