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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 cardiovascular disease.

But people should refrain from taking supplements on their own, Lichtenstein says. "This should always be done under a doctor's supervision.”

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