Jun 13, 2010
Yet another worry for those folks who don't get enough sun exposure throughout the year. Low vitamin D levels may increase the risk for Cardiovascular disease ie heart attack and stroke
If you have low vitamin D levels, correcting the deficiency may reduce the risk for heart disease, new research suggests.
The studies build on the researchers' previous work linking low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk for heart disease.
The researchers, from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, presented the new studies at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session.
Vitamin D vs. Heart Disease: Study Details
The first study involved more than 9,400 patients whose blood tests revealed low vitamin D levels during a routine trip to the doctor. Their average vitamin D level was 19.3 nanograms per milliliter; levels of 30 are generally considered "normal," according to J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, the Institute's director of cardiovascular research.
At their next follow-up visit, about half had raised their vitamin D levels to above 30 nanograms per milliliter.