Vi­ta­min D study

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PEO­PLE who have suf­fer from heart dis­ease should watch their vi­ta­min D lev­els, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. A nor­mal in­take of vi­ta­min D can lower their risk of death by 30% but too much or too lit­tle, in­creases the risk ac­cord­ing to the study. Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Ber­gen fol­lowed 4000 pa­tients with car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases for a pe­riod of 12 years, with the av­er­age age of the par­tic­i­pants 62 yearsat the start of the study. Our in­take of vi­ta­min D can be af­fected by our geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and when we get sun­shine in the year. Lead re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Jutta Dierkes, at the Depart­ment of Clin­i­cal Medicine, rec­om­mended that all who have ex­pe­ri­enced car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease get their lev­els of vi­ta­min D mea­sured with their GP so that they can be bet­ter reg­u­lated, and the need for sup­ple­ments as­sessed. The re­sults are pub­lished in The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal En­docrinol­ogy & Me­tab­o­lism.

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