Vitamin D used to prevent heart attacks questioned by new research

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A new study has attempted to address the common question about using vitamin D to help prevent heart attacks. Based on earlier research, some patients believe that low levels of this vitamin can lead to heart disease. However, the latest study shows the vitamin may not be as powerful as previously thought.

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Vitamin D is an important substance that is essential for bone health, but deficiencies are a problem in many parts of the world. Some research has revealed a potential link between an insufficient amount of the vitamin in the body and heart problems. Now, this connection is being questioned by experts who have found supplements are not enough.

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Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that vitamin D cannot prevent a heart attack. Although it may help people who are older, the results of following 5,000 people point to a different direction. The participants were split into two groups: One group received a vitamin D supplement while the other received a placebo. Scientists found that the vitamin did not affect how many people had heart disease in either group. However, they noticed some of the people had a lower risk of dying from heart failure.

Despite the new study, vitamin D should not be ignored by people with heart disease. A deficiency in this substance can have a powerful impact on bone density and result in osteoporosis along with other problems. However, vitamin D supplements continue to be a controversial topic with some experts stating they can never truly replace the sun. Additionally, it is possible to have an overdose of vitamin D that can lead to toxic levels being built up in the body. It is important to consult a doctor before starting or stopping a new vitamin.

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