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Lower Vitamin D Means Higher Risk Of Death From Cancer, Heart Disease: Study


In a new study it is found those who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from heart disease and cancer. Scientists say such people also suffer from other illnesses.

The finding was published in the journal BMJ.
Researchers say vitamin D helps our body in absorbing calcium and it is also considered as an important part of our immune system. Hence, the vitamin D levels are a good barometer to measure the overall health of a person.

However, scientists also mention the vitamin D levels, whether low or high, is not the cause of disease or simply an indicator of the behaviors that contribute to the poor health. But it may be vital to several physiological functions.

One of the authors of the study, Dr Oscar H Franco, said the vitamin D effects at the genetic level as well as to the hone health and cardiovascular health, and it regulates different hypothesis of factors such as inflammation and genes. This is the reason it is so promising.

Dr Franco is also a professor of preventive medicine at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands. He and along with his co-authors found from two of their studies that vitamin D protects against major diseases and those adults who have lower levels of it in their system are likely to be 35 percent more at risk of death from heart disease compared to those whose vitamin D is normal.

The co-authors were a team of scientists at Harvard, Oxford and other universities. They said the death risk from cancer is about 14 percent.

And finally, you may find it interesting that the sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Skin converts sunlight into Vitamin D, which can be stored in the skin during the summer, and released later in the winter.

Researchers said about 80 to 100 percent of an individual’s requirement of the vitamin comes from sunlight exposure.

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