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Higher vitamin D levels associated with reduced risk of dying.

Findings from Germany's ESTHER study reveal a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease or any cause in men and women with higher serum levels of vitamin D.*

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Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Ben Schottker and his colleagues describe the results of their study of 9,578 subjects between the ages of 50 to 74 upon enrollment in ESTHER. Vitamin D levels were measured upon enrollment and at a five-year follow-up visit. Subjects were followed for a median of 9.5 years, during which 1,083 deaths occurred.

Men and women whose vitamin D levels were classified as insufficient (between 12 and 20 ng/mL) had a 17% higher risk of dying from any cause in comparison with those whose levels were categorized as sufficient. Compared to those with sufficient levels, those with deficient levels (less than 12 ng/mL) had a 71% increased risk of dying.

Editor's Note: Life Extension[R] suggests 50-80 ng/mL as an optimal range of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D to protect against disease.

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* Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Apr;97 (4):782-93.

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Author:Dye, D.
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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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