Vitamin D May Lower Heart Disease Risk
Studies Suggest That Correcting Vitamin D Deficiency Improves Heart Health
Vitamin D Findings May Change Some Doctors' Practices continued...
Gina Lundberg, MD, medical director of St. Joseph's Heart Center for Women
in Atlanta, says more and more patients are reading about the link between
vitamin D and heart disease and asking to be tested.
"Sometimes if a 28 or 29-year-old turns out to have slightly low levels, we
just recommend a little more time in the sun. These new results may make us
think about supplementation to bring levels higher," Lundberg tells WebMD.
American Heart Association spokeswoman Alice Lichtenstein, DSc, a
nutritionist at Tufts University, says the research "is interesting," adding to
growing evidence suggesting a link between vitamin D insufficiency and
But people should refrain from taking supplements on their own, Lichtenstein
says. "This should always be done under a doctor's supervision.”