Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Disease in Two Big Studies

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NY Times- According to two recent studies, an individual’s blood level of vitamin D is a good indicator of overall health with low levels being linked to various illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.  Obtained through sun exposure and from certain foods such as fish and eggs, vitamin D may play a vital role in many physiological processes including calcium absorption and cardiovascular health.  Whether or not low levels of vitamin D causes diseases or is the result of behaviors that contribute to poor health (sedentary lifestyle, smoking, etc.) remains to be determined.  However, one study found that adults with lower levels of vitamin D had a 35% increased risk of death from heart disease and a 14% greater chance of dying from cancer. There was also “suggestive evidence” that high vitamin D levels protect against diabetes, stroke, hypertension and a host of other illnesses. Furthermore, it is estimated that more than two-thirds of the population in the United States and Europe are vitamin D deficient.

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