Research Roundup

August 2008 Issue

Research Roundup

Inadequate vitamin D levels in men may significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack. Thatís what findings from a group of men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study suggest. In the study, researchers found that men with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack as those with the highest D levels, even after controlling for family history of heart attack, physical activity, diabetes, high blood pressure and body mass index. Even levels that were suboptimalóbut not deficientóraised heart attack risk.

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