Heart Disease: Get Some Sun!

According to new research lack of sunshine increases risk of death from heart disease. Lindsey Tanner of the Associated Press reports:
Patients with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D were about two times more likely to die from any cause during the next eight years than those with the highest levels, the study found. The link with heart-related deaths was particularly strong in those with low vitamin D levels.

Experts say the results shouldn't be seen as a reason to start popping vitamin D pills or to spend hours in the sun, which is the main source for vitamin D.

For one thing, megadoses of vitamin D pills can be dangerous and skin cancer risks from too much sunshine are well-known. But also, it can't be determined from this type of study whether lack of vitamin D caused the deaths, or whether increasing vitamin D intake would make any difference.
Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately. Here are some recent posts:
Please, get some sun.
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Lolabloom - June 27, 2008 10:25 PM

This is a big deal for me, I tested 18 on the scale for Vit D back in Jan and after 8 weeks of 50,000 IU/week prescription strength I was only 19.5 a couple of weeks ago.

One thing that I was thinking to myself...I'm of puerto rican descent but have been living in the Seattle area for 13 years. I won't tell you I haven't considered moving to California, I think there's something to the physical traits/differences that people from different regions have. There is a reason that they evolved with those characteristics.

My ancestors lived near the equator and perhaps didn't need to be so efficient at absorbing/processing VitD because they got so much sun all year round. Maybe my body is made to work that way too and living in this clime isn't good for me as far as Vit D is concerned (although up here it's prob not good for anyone) ;)

Just my random thoughts on that.... btw, I just got my next prescription in the mail for the next 8 weeks of another 50k IU/week....geez

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