Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 27, 2014
Foods4BetterHealth.com, a food and nutrition web site that believes that healthy foods can prevent disease and illness, is reporting on a new study, which found that a vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of mortality by heart disease.
As Foods4BetterHealth notes (http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/why-not-getting-enough-of-this-vitamin-can-lead-to-heart-problems-7148), the study, published in The Journal of Cancer Endocrinology and Metabolism, followed 9,949 adults for an average of nine years, measuring their vitamin D levels at the start, middle, and conclusion of the study. At follow-up, the researchers calculated the number of mortalities and wanted to know if vitamin D deficiency played a role. According to the study, 60% of the participants had a vitamin D deficiency, and those who had the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 27% increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as well as a 62% increased risk of dying from a cardiovascular event compared to the participants who did not have a vitamin D deficiency. (Source: Perna, L., et al., “Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Incidence of Fatal and Nonfatal Cardiovascular Events: A Prospective Study With Repeated Measurements,” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, December 5, 2013; 98(12); http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24106288.)
As the Foods4BetterHealth article “Why Not Getting Enough of This Vitamin Can Lead to Heart Problems” explains, vitamin D is an essential nutrient for many bodily functions, such as calcium metabolism, bone formation, blood clotting, inflammation reduction, and regulation of the immune system. Many people have a vitamin D deficiency since the vitamin is not readily available in typical diets; that’s also the reason why many food producers have started fortifying food with vitamin D. (Source: “Vitamin-D Deficiency Linked to Fatal CVD,” Dr. Rabin Shrestha's "Health and Healthy lifestyle" blog, December 27, 2013; http://rabin-reverseheartdisease.blogspot.ca/2013/12/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-fatal-cvd.html.)
The report observes that vitamin D should be an important part of a healthy diet and can be found in high amounts in oily fish, cod liver oil, and the fortified foods mentioned above. It is also possible to get vitamin D from the most natural source: the sun. Those living in a climate that does not get enough sun exposure, especially during the winter, may want to consider a vitamin D supplement.
The Foods4BetterHealth report concludes that older adults, as well as those with bowel problems or who are taking drugs, may have a problem absorbing vitamin D. Therefore, they should contact their health care provider to ensure they are receiving enough of this important vitamin, taking supplements if necessary.
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