Blood testing for vitamin D levels may help people know if they should be taking supplements, which may be linked to a longer, healthier life, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Researchers from the University of Kansas analyzed medical records from nearly 11,000 individuals. The results showed that those who were deficient were significantly more likely to have heart disease or diabetes. Furthermore, they were much more likely to die during the five-year study. On the other hand, participants who reported taking vitamin D supplements had much lower mortality rates during the study.
The researchers pointed out that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. While a number of factors may account for this, the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency may play a central role. Numerous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk of heart problems.
Correcting a deficiency could be an effective way to improve overall health, the researchers concluded. Blood tests for vitamin D may help individuals learn if they need to boost their consumption of this vital nutrient.
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