Low vitamin D linked to heart disease, death

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    Nov 27, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    Correlation not causation but useful to know.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/26/us-vitamind-heartdisease-idUSTRE7AO1UM20111126

    D-deficiency also nearly doubled a person's likelihood of dying, whereas correcting the deficiency with supplements lowered their risk of death by 60 percent.

    "We expected to see that there was a relationship between heart disease and vitamin D deficiency; we were surprised at how strong it was," Dr. James L. Vacek, a professor of cardiology at the University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center, told Reuters Health.

    "It was so much more profound than we expected."

    Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a range of illnesses, but few studies have demonstrated the reverse -- that supplements could prevent those outcomes.

    Vacek and his team reviewed data from 10,899 adults whose vitamin D serum levels had been tested at the University of Kansas Hospital, and found that more than 70 percent of the patients were below 30 nanograms per milliliter, the level many experts consider sufficient for good health.

    After taking into account the patients' medical history, medications and other factors, the cardiologists found that people with deficient levels of vitamin D were more than twice as likely to have diabetes, 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and about 30 percent more likely to suffer from cardiomyopathy -- a diseased heart muscle -- as people without D deficiency.

    Overall, those who were deficient in D had a three-fold higher likelihood of dying from any cause than those who weren't deficient, the researchers reported in the American Journal of Cardiology. Moreover, when the team looked at people who took vitamin D supplements, their risk of death from any cause was about 60 percent lower than the rest of the patients, although the effect was strongest among those who were vitamin D deficient at the time they were tested.

    The study does not prove that vitamin D is the cause of the effects seen -- other factors, like disease, could be responsible both for the differences in health and the differences in vitamin D levels, for instance.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    It's a good thing to get checked. My Vitamin D is low. It's easy to fix with a daily supplement.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    JakeGHK saidIs it true you can get Vitamin D from the sun?


    Yes. Cholecalciferol (aka Vitamin D3) is made when UV rays hit the skin. Supposedly you need only 10-15 min of sun exposure on your arms to get your daily requirement, but that's assuming you live in a sunny area (like San Diego). If you live in more overcast areas, you'll need more exposure. On the flip side, higher levels of UV exposure are correlated with skin cancer. Skin pigmentation is also a factor - the darker skinned you are, the less UV you absorb that can be used to create Vitamin D3. The safest bet is to just take dietary supplements. Not that I'm advocating this, however. I'm not entirely convinced this is causation and not just correlation.
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    Nov 28, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    What a choice! I have to choose between getting more basil cell carcinomas or getting heart disease. I guess I'd rather have the basil cell carcinomas.

    My back yard is sufficiently private for me to sun bathe nude. By exposing my entire body, I can minimize the exposure to any one point thereby reducing the risk of cancer. And it shouldn't take much sunlight to get sufficient vitamin D.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    Article on other issues with d deficiency.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/28601-vitamin-d-deficiency-cause-muscle/

    I cling to the hope that I'm covered for Vit-D deficiency by taking D3 supplements...important considering how often the sun comes out in Seattle...icon_rolleyes.gif

    http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0115/p299.html
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    Nov 28, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    mm98 said
    JakeGHK saidIs it true you can get Vitamin D from the sun?


    Yes. Cholecalciferol (aka Vitamin D3) is made when UV rays hit the skin. Supposedly you need only 10-15 min of sun exposure on your arms to get your daily requirement, but that's assuming you live in a sunny area (like San Diego). If you live in more overcast areas, you'll need more exposure. On the flip side, higher levels of UV exposure are correlated with skin cancer. Skin pigmentation is also a factor - the darker skinned you are, the less UV you absorb that can be used to create Vitamin D3. The safest bet is to just take dietary supplements. Not that I'm advocating this, however. I'm not entirely convinced this is causation and not just correlation.


    This!
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    It is unquestionable that the best way to get vit D is through regular sun exposure (key word, regular). Intense and only occassional sun exposure can increase chances of sun burn, which is always to be avoided. Yet it has been engraved in our heads that the "sun causes cancer" and that "sunscreen should be worn at all times." This is one of the greatest health lies we've been told.

    Why is the sun the best way of getting vit D? When you expose your skin to sunshine, your skin synthesizes vitamin D3-sulfate. Unlike oral vitamin D3 supplements (which are unsulfated), sunlight-formed vitamin D sulfate is water soluble. The water-soluble form can travel freely in your bloodstream, whereas the unsulfated form needs LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol) as a vehicle of transport.

    It's also very difficult to get enough vitamin D from food sources alone, as very few foods naturally contain vitamin D...
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    Dec 27, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    Some good food sources: cod liver oil, salmon, shitake mushrooms.
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    Dec 27, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    True this is why my mom takes vitamin D now. People that don't get sun need to consider taking it. Her cardiologist told her about it.
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    Dec 28, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    GayLibrarian saidIs it true you can get Vitamin D from the sun?


    You certainly can get vitamin D from the sun, but you have to expose your skin to the sun to do so. If your picture is typical of the way you dress, you will get too little vitamin D from the sun to make a significant difference. And, people with dark skins require far more exposure to the sun to get sufficient vitamin D. On the other hand, people with dark skins are less likely to become sunburned or experience other skin damage from long sun exposure.
  • SergeiBautin

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    Jun 05, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    Some of the most generally accessible resources for vitamin D is definitely sun's rays. As soon as sunlight come to the skin, manufacturing of vitamin D will begin inside of the human body. Besides contact with the sun, different methods to have vitamin D is going to be apparent - food. Many people believe that ingesting food resources for vitamin D is not needed due to the fact sunshine is definitely accessible and merely 15 -20 minutes of get in touch with the direct sun light is sufficient reduce vitamin D deficit. Even so,low levels can lead to immune deficiency, the present chaotic life-style which desire inconsistent job timings provide us with short amount of time for natural light direct exposure. No surprise, vitamin D deficiency is normal in the metropolitan people. Insufficient vitamin D quantities may make the bone fragments fragile as well as raise the danger of weak bones. Each one of these medical concerns could be stopped simply by adding food sources of vitamin D during the diet regime. Several of the certain foods having vitamin D will be outlined directly below:



    Great Food Resources of Vitamin D



    Fish

    Exclusively a small number of kinds of fish are normally found to come with significant amount of vitamin D. Fish for instance tuna, large mackerel, wild salmon and also sardines are generally full of vitamin D. These kinds of oily fish as well as defined as food full of vitamin D. On the subject of best vitamin D quantities within fish, trout is actually a guaranteed champion.

  • BonvieDenni

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    Jul 11, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    Rickets is actually a disease mainly noticed in kids. This will cause the bone fragments within the body not to develop and be deformed. Osteomalacia is actually a condition occurring in grown-ups. It's a result of muscle tissue weakness as well as delicate bones. Brittle bones happens when the bone fragments become less thick and much more breakable. Nevertheless, recent reports are usually demonstrating that vitamin D may also guard us from hypertension, most cancers, persistent painfulness, as well as depressive disorders.

    More info: http://www.thevitaminmag.com/health-benefits-of-vitamin-d/

    Men that currently have lower levels of vitamin D may get a cardiac arrest. Girls that may become pregnant or perhaps are already pregnant must ensure they're obtaining a sufficient amount of vitamin D. Girls that have a multivitamin pill along with correct quantities of vitamin D inside it are more inclined to get kids with better bone fragments. Vitamin D will help enhance the final results of being pregnant. Ladies who obtain correct quantities of vitamin D during pregnancy reduce the danger of health issues later in life for their kid.