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Vitamin D lowers heart attack risk in men.

ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Men who consume the recommended amount of vitamin D are less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who get little of the vitamin in their diets. Although studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), evidence regarding whether vitamin D intake from foods or supplements is prospectively associated with lower CVD risk in healthy humans has been inconclusive,BBC reported. To evaluate the associations between both dietary and supplemental vitamin D and CVD risk, researchers from University of New York,USA followed 74,272 women and 44,592 men, free of CVD and cancer at the start of the study, for almost two decades. It was found that men who got at least 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D each day ,the current recommended amount were over 15 per cent less likely to develop heart problems or a stroke, versus men who got less than 100 IU per day. As for vitamin D, the sun is the major natural source, since sunlight triggers vitamin D synthesis in the body. Food sources are relatively few and include fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, and fortified dairy products and cereals.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 22, 2011
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