2008-06-23 Risk of Dying Linked to Low Vitamin D - Chances of Dying From Heart Disease and Other Causes Rises With Decreasing Levels of Vitamin D


A new study shows that people who have low levels of vitamin D in their blood had a greater risk of dying.

Researchers led by Harald Dobnig, MD, of the Medical University of Graz, Austria, tracked 3,258 men and women who had been referred for an angiogram of their heart arteries. More than two-thirds had significant blockages in their coronary arteries.

The patients were followed for about eight years. During that time, 737 of them died, including 463 from cardiovascular problems.(Read entire article)

2008-06-23 Lack of sunshine vitamin may cloud survival odds


New research linking low vitamin D levels with deaths from heart disease and other causes bolsters mounting evidence about the "sunshine" vitamin's role in good health.

Patients with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were about two times more likely to die from any cause during the next eight years than those with the highest levels, the study found. The link with heart-related deaths was particularly strong in those with low vitamin D levels.

Experts say the results shouldn't be seen as a reason to start popping vitamin D pills or to spend hours in the sun, which is the main source for vitamin D. (Read entire article)