Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Cardiovascular Disease
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
The science on vitamin D has been pouring in over the past few years. If you want to preserve your cardiovascular health the last thing in the world you should do is run low on vitamin D. Better yet, you should optimize your vitamin D level to at least 50 ng/mL (125 nmol/L). This will offer you protection against many diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
The multiple ways a lack of vitamin D can cause cardiovascular disease has been thoroughly reviewed in a recent article, “Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases?” You can read the entire article by clicking here.
In a nutshell a lack of vitamin D contributes to diabetes, obesity, elevated blood lipids, high blood pressure, endothelial dysfunction, risk of stroke, and risk of coronary artery disease. Intervention studies with vitamin D are positive as long as the doses are high enough to do something useful. The paltry minimum daily requirement of 400 IU vitamin D is clearly not enough. Scientists are recommending 4000 IU to 8000 IU of vitamin D per day to get levels into an optimal range.
I have written extensively on the subject of vitamin D and cardiovascular health in the past few years. Links to my articles on this important topic are listed below.
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