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Vitamin D Linked With Reduced Risk of Death from Heart Failure

In a study with approximately 50,000 participants, researchers found a correlation between vitamin D intake and a reduced risk of death from heart failure. Participants who suffered from heart failure and took vitamin D supplements were 32% less likely to die from the disease than those who did not take supplements.

The study included 3,009 individuals with heart failure and 46,825 individuals without heart failure who were included as controls. The participants were followed for 518 days.

The researchers found that 28% of the heart failure group was vitamin D deficient compared with 22% of the control group. Vitamin D deficiency in participants with heart failure was correlated with a 52% higher risk of death compared to participants with heart failure but without vitamin D deficiency.

Additionally, they found that vitamin D deficiency in participants without heart failure correlated with a higher all-cause mortality risk.

This study was published in the April 1012 issue of the European Journal of Heart Failure and was conducted by researchers at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.

Vitamin D is one of the nutrients essential to maintaining overall health. Previous studies have shown it to be associated with improved kidney health, reductions in skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, improved cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.

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 vitamin D as we age. This can be a particular problem for people living in the northern hemisphere, where sunlight is scarce for much of the year. A high quality vitamin D3 supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.

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