Low Levels of Vitamin D Bad for Heart

June 26, 2008

The lower the levels of vitamin D the greater the risk of heart attack.

“Vitamin D deficiency may be involved in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease in humans. Low levels of 25(OH)D are associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction in a graded manner, even after controlling for factors known to be associated with coronary artery disease.”

25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Men: A Prospective Study

Edward Giovannucci, MD, ScD; Yan Liu, MS; Bruce W. Hollis, MD, PhD; Eric B. Rimm, ScD

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(11):1174-1180.

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Vitamin D Can Cut Workout Related Bone Damage

May 22, 2008

One group of female Navy recruits were given 2,000 mg of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D and the other group received a placebo. Durning a 2 year period the supplemented group got 21% less fractures than the placebo group.

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
May 2008, Volume 23, Pages 741-749, doi: 10.1359/jbmr.080102
“Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation Decreases Incidence of Stress Fractures in Female Navy Recruits”


Authors: Joan Lappe, D. Cullen, G. Haynatzki, R. Recker, R. Ahlf, K. Thompson


Vitamin D can lower Breast Cancer Rates

May 21, 2008

Researchers at UCSD did a study that shows a direct link between the amount of Vitamin D in the body and the risk of Breast Cancer. 

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, to show that higher serum levels of vitamin D are associated with reduced incidence rates of breast cancer worldwide,” said Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., professor of Family and Preventive Medicine in the UCSD School of Medicine, and member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1524-4741.2008.00571.x

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