Since I wrote about the importance of Vitaim D a few weeks ago, some new information has come out.
A report was released this week from researchers in Australia about Vitamin D reducing the risk of all causes of death. The study was in the Archives of Internal Medicine, about their evaluation of 3,258 men and women scheduled to have a angiogram of their heart arteries. They found that the people who had below average Vitamin D levels had about twice the risks of dying than those with levels in the highest 25% of the group.
While looking for the report of the Austrlian study, I found another study from a group of reserachers in Boston, that looked at 18,225 men who had no diagnosed heart disease. This study found that during 10 years of follow-up, the men who were deficient in Vitamin D (15 ng/mL) were about twice as likely to have a heart attack as those considered to have sufficient levels of Vitamin D (30 ng/mL).
It may be coincidence that both studies found a 2:1 effect from high/normal v. low levels of Vitamin D, but there seems to be growing interest and consensus that Vitamin D is important for overall health. What do you think?