Healthy Levels of Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Death from Heart Disease
A recent study suggests that having a healthy intake of vitamin D may reduce the risk of death in people with cardiovascular disease.
Participants in the study included nearly 4,000 adults suspected of having stable angina pectoris who underwent elective coronary angiography. Levels of plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D were measured at the beginning of the study. Participants were followed for an average of 12 years. During that time, 895 people died, 407 from cardiovascular disease.
After examining the data, the researchers found that people who had levels of plasma 25-hydrovitamin D of between 43 and 100 nmol/L had a 30% lower risk of death when compared with people with the lowest levels. They also found that people with very high vitamin D intake were at a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway led the study. It was published on January 8, 2018, in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with improved lipid profiles, help with certain allergies, skin protection, bone and blood sugar health and promoting cognitive function and eye health.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high-quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.