As you probably know, I feel strongly about educating others on the important role that vitamin D plays in supporting health. That is why I wrote The Vitamin D Revolution: How the Power of This Amazing Vitamin Can Change Your Life.
A few years ago, the typical person didn’t know much about vitamin D, so, in the book, I explained how the sunshine vitamin worked as both a vitamin and a hormone. I also wrote about the many studies showing vitamin D’s connection to bone health, cancer, the immune system, chronic pain, and other conditions.
When I was writing The Vitamin D Revolution, I suspected that the cardiovascular system also benefited greatly from the proper levels of vitamin D. At the time there were only a few studies that supported my hunch.
New data is in, though, which undeniably establishes a link!
Findings of a prospective study on cardiovascular disease (CV), done with approximately 41,500 people, were published recently in the American Journal of Cardiology. Researchers concluded that there is an overwhelming connection between low vitamin D blood levels, less than30 ng/ml, and a significantly higher risk of all cardiovascular incidents. These include heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease (narrowing and stiffness due to arterial plaque), and even death.
Because these are risk factors for CV, researchers also looked for the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing and constriction of arteries and veins, especially to the legs and feet). Researchers found that those individuals with vitamin D deficiency were significantly more likely to both have or develop these conditions.
In The Vitamin D Revolution, I stated there was a widespread deficiency of low vitamin D throughout the world. Although I would have been happy if I had been proven wrong about this, the study supported my theory. When they reviewed the patient records, 63.6% were found to be deficient. This was true regardless of age and gender.
Optimal levels of vitamin D are so critical to long-term health. Yet vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the world today. I encourage you to support your cardiovascular system—and all of your body’s systems and its musculoskeletal structure. You can do this by keeping your blood levels of vitamin D in the optimal range: between 40–70 ng/ml. Research indicates there is little to no risk, but lots of benefits.
Please ask your doctor for a vitamin D blood test or you can order an at home kit from my store. Keep your vitamin D levels up for good health !
Anderson JL, et al., Relation of vitamin D deficiency to cardiovascular risk factors, disease status, and incident events in a general healthcare population, Am J Cardiol., 2010 Oct 1;106(7):963-8. Epub 2010 Aug 11. (Intermountain Heart Collaborative (IHC) Study Group.)