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"Vitamin D protects heart, study finds"

Vancouver Sun

Source: Vancouver Sun

Published: 10 Jun 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (2 stars)

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WASHINGTON -- Men with low levels of vitamin D have an elevated risk for a heart attack, researchers said on Monday in the latest study to identify important possible health benefits from the "sunshine vitamin."
In the study, men classified as deficient in vitamin D were about 21/2 times more likely to have a heart attack than those with higher levels of the vitamin.
"Those with low vitamin D, on top of just being at higher risk for heart attack in general, were at particularly high risk to have a fatal heart attack," study author Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said....

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This research study found that men with a low vitamin D, have a higher risk to have a fatal heart attack. The study subjects were followed for 10 years after providing blood samples which measured their vitamin D levels.

We are told there are differences in the rates of fatal heart attacks between those at low levels of Vitamin D and those at higher levels, but we aren't told what those differences are.
Nor are we told how robust this type of study is.

Additional detail such as how much time in the sun would have provided 'high' levels of vitamin D as opposed to 'normal' levels of vitamin D would have been useful

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