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High Levels of Vitamin D in Older People
Can Reduce Heart Disease and Diabetes


Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of Vitamin D
could reduce their chances of developing heart
disease or
diabetes by 43%,
according to researchers at the University
of Warwick.


A team of researchers at Warwick Medical School carried
out a systematic literature review of studies examining vitamin D
and cardiometabolic disorders. Cardiometabolic disorders include
cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic
syndrome.
 
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 Cod, Salmon,
Tuna and Mackerel are good sources of vitamin D, and readily
available as dietary supplements.
 
Researchers looked at 28 studies including 99,745 participants
across a variety of ethnic groups including men and women. The
studies revealed a significant association between high levels of
vitamin D and a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular
disease (33% compared to low levels of vitamin D), type 2 diabetes
(55% reduction) and metabolic syndrome (51% reduction).
 
The literature review, published in the journal Maturitas, was
conducted at Warwick Medical School. The researchers reported
“We found that high levels of vitamin D among middle age and
elderly populations are associated with a substantial decrease in
cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
 
“Targeting vitamin D deficiency in adult populations could potentially
slow the current epidemics of cardiometabolic disorders.” All studies
included were published between 1990 and 2009 with the majority
published between 2004 and 2009. Half of the studies were
conducted in the United States, eight were European, two studies
were from Iran, three from Australasia and one from India.
Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Published online: “Vitamin D Status and Its Relation to Muscle
Mass and Muscle Fat in Young Women”

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