If you really want to decrease your risk for having a heart attack, correct your vitamin D deficiency, reported doctors who were studying the vitamin.
A vitamin D deficiency is associated with inflammation, insulin resistance, and decreased immunity, all which contribute to the onset of heart disease. Inflammation inside the arteries can attract atherosclerotic plaque which builds up and closes down blood flow to the heart. Insulin resistance affects the heart negatively. And decreased immunity ends up allowing infectious organisms to cause infections inside the arteries, contributing to more plaque as a protective mechanism – or the organisms attack the heart directly.
So what does the research show us about vitamin D deficiency and heart disease? Well first of all, you don’t have to go far to find this type of research. The scientists in every country are finding similar results – if you allow a vitamin D deficiency to continue, it can mean early death.
Here are a few of the studies.
In Brazil, doctors followed the progress of 206 vitamin D-deficient patients who were admitted for angina or heart attack (<10 ng/ml). The average vitamin D level was 20 ng/ml, a clear cut deficiency.
Fourteen patients died, which led researchers to conclude that patients with severe deficiency had a death rate of 24% compared to 5% for those without a severe deficiency. Severe vitamin D deficiency is now considered a predictor of death from heart attack or other cardiovascular events.
In Germany, doctors of multiple hospitals and clinics pooled the research findings of their patients with vitamin D deficiency. They were looking for any correlation between the deficiency and heart disease. Examining records of 1783 healthy middle-aged subjects and following them over 11 years was part of the protocol. They discovered that higher vitamin D levels were associated with decreased risk of heart disease, especially in women. They concluded that vitamin D supplements could prevent heart disease.
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Cardiology Department wanted to find out whether or not babies born with congenital heart defects were affected by a vitamin D deficiency. Sure enough, they found a connection and concluded that deficiency may play a part in injury to the heart as well as recovery after surgery.
These studies show us that vitamin D supplementation can protect us from the onset of heart disease.
NOTE: There are a few very rare contradictions to taking vitamin D. Those with high blood calcium levels should not take vitamin D. Conditions causing high blood calcium can be caused by:
- primary hyperparathyroidism (most common cause)
- granulomatous TB
- some cancers
Please consult your physician prior to taking Vitamin D.