Vitamin D study
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.