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February 19, 2009 • Healthy Living, Heart Health

I Still Have a D in my Bonnet

I promised to keep you abreast of the latest science on the vitamin D and you front and the eye-popping data continues to roll in. After reviewing a series of cardiovascular studies, researchers recently concluded the science is crystal clear that low vitamin D levels can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Dec. 08.) Included in this review was new data from the famed Framingham Heart Study that found those with deficient Vitamin D levels were twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke within 2 years compared to those with sufficient blood levels.
In a related report, researchers followed vitamin D levels in over 3,000 cardiac patients and found those with a severe deficiency were 3 times more likely to experience sudden cardiac death than those with optimal levels (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oct. 08). Experts estimate that about 50% of U.S. adults and 30% of U.S. children are vitamin D deficient. We obtain vitamin D naturally from the sun and unless you live in Florida or similar latitudes, it is impossible to get adequate blood levels in the winter months unless you take a supplement.  Have you had your supplement of vitamin D today?  Click here to view a quick video of my best advice on vitamin D supplements.