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Vitamin D Deficiency And The Prevention Of Heart Disease: To Treat Or Not Treat?

Our case patient, the author: Erin Michos, a preventive cardiologist and researcher at Johns Hopkins, has been studying the potential impact of vitamin D and cardiovascular health for over 10 years. Ironically, at her last annual checkup, Michos - an avid outdoor runner - was shocked to learn that she, too, was vitamin D deficient with a blood level of only 15 nanograms per milliliter.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Although most Americans appear to be deficient in Vitamin D, intervention studies have been found to lacking.  It appears that Vitamin D levels are related to general good health and very low levels are not directly related to any chronic disease state unless it is rickets.  However, there is some indication that Vitamin D has a role to play in gut health and this may be linking factor between high levels of Vitamin D and better health.

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