Vitamin D Good for the Heart

by Lois Etienne on October 4, 2010

in Senior Health and Safety

Senior Couple in Washington State

An interesting study from the University of Warwick Medical School found that middle- aged and older adults with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by a whopping 43 percent.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods and is also produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.  Fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are good sources of vitamin D, and it is also available as a dietary supplement.

Researchers looked at 28 studies including 99,745 participants across a variety of ethnic groups including men and women.  These studies revealed a significant association between high levels of vitamin D and a decreased risk of developing the three disorders:

cardiovascular disease (33 percent compared to low levels of vitamin D),
● type 2 diabetes (55 percent reduction) and
● metabolic syndrome (51 percent reduction).

The literature review, published in the journal Maturitas, was led by Johanna Parker and Dr Oscar Franco, Assistant Professor in Public Health at Warwick Medical School.

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