Periodically in my research, I come across a little “jewel” of information that is unexpected and in the long run potentially quite beneficial. While doing some research recently on Multiple Sclerosis, I came across just such a “gem.”
I’ve long known that low levels of Vitamin D were associated with a number of health conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders. What I didn’t know is that low levels of Vitamin D may also be linked to heart disease.
Low levels of Vitamin D were found to increase the participants’ risk of death by 26%! Of the 1800 study participants who died, 700 died from cardiovascular disease! Of those 700, more than half (400) were known to have a Vitamin D deficiency. While the number of deaths isn’t enough to be a valid statistical sampling to “prove” the causal relationship between low Vitamin D levels and cardiovascular disease, it certainly is enough to give pause for consideration. One of the assistant professors at Johns Hopkins, Michos, indicated that there was enough evidence to consider a Vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for developing heart disease.
This information was of particular interest to me since I have a condition that is linked to a Vitamin D deficiency. I’ve known about the link between a Vitamin D deficiency and this condition for a quite some time. Since I know that my Vitamin D levels are low, I take a Vitamin D supplement daily to compensate. I’m lucky. I knew I had low Vitamin D and have already addressed this risk factor. Unfortunately, many of my “sisters” may be out there running around at risk and not even know it.