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Study Linking Vitamin D to Lower Risk of Heart Attacks Gets Great Press

Friday, June 13th, 2008

A new study showing that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart attacks is getting more great press for the sunshine vitamin – including a major story in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

2008-06-12-you-gotta-have-heart-tanningnews-copy.jpg“Add one more paper to the growing pile of vitamin D studies that conclude that people lacking in the sunshine vitamin could be at risk for serious health problems,” the Plain Dealer wrote on Wednesday. “Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who are deficient in vitamin D had more than double the risk of suffering a heart attack. This study, released Tuesday, is just the latest to establish a link between the sunshine vitamin and good health — deficiency has been linked to auto-immune conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, several types of cancer, and now heart disease.”

The new study was published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tanya Edwards, medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told the Plain Dealer that she recommends 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to the face and arms for patients who aren’t at an increased risk for skin cancer.

To read The Plain Dealer’s story click here.