Monday, August 11, 2008

Low vitamin D shown to raise death risk

Low vitamin D shown to raise death risk: U.S. study - Yahoo! News:
"Adults with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to die than those with high levels, another indication of the nutrient's vital role in guarding against ailments from heart disease to cancer...Those with the lowest levels of the "sunshine vitamin" had a 26 percent increased risk of death over eight years compared to those with the highest levels..."We think we have additional evidence to consider adding vitamin D deficiency as a distinct and separate risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease, putting it alongside much better known and understood risk factors such as age, gender, family history, smoking, high blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, obesity and diabetes," ...Scientists have evidence that Vitamin D helps lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system..."

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