The findings of a new research suggest that low levels of vitamin D may increase death risk from heart disease and other causes. It provides critical evidence about the role of vitamin D for good sound health.
The study found that the patients who had the lowest levels of vitamin D in their blood had two times higher odds to die from any disease in the coming eight years of their lives than those whose levels of vitamin D were at the highest levels.
According to experts, these results mustn’t be seen as a reason to spend hours in the sun and start popping vitamin D pills.
People must realize the risk skin cancer from too much exposure to the sunshine and the dangerous outcomes of vitamin D megadoses. However, from this kind of study ,it can’t be decided that lack of vitamin D be the cause of death or does it make any difference to increase vitamin D intake.
According to Alice Lichtenstein, American Heart Association spokeswomen and director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University, “ The effects of low vitamin D levels can be seen in aging, lack of physical activity and other lifestyle factors that lead towards health problems.”
She further added “In an emerging area of the research, the study is a vital addition.”
Involving 3,258 men and women, the study was led by Austrian researchers in southwest Germany. The average age of the participants was 62 and most of them had heart disease. The Vitamin D levels of these participants were checked in weekly blood tests and it was found that during the eight years of follow-up 737 of them passed away and 463 out of them were died because of heart diseases.
Considering physical activity, age and other factors, the researchers found that the patients who had the lowest levels of vitamin D, there risk of death from all causes was double.
The results can be seen in Monday’s Archives of Internal Medicine.
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