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Low Vitamin D Levels In Blacks May Increase Heart Risk

January 14, 2010 by  

Low vitamin D levels in blacks may increase heart risk Vitamin D deficiency may lead to a greater risk of cardiovascular-related death among black Americans compared to whites, a new study concludes.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis and the University of Rochester found that adults with the greatest deficiency of vitamin D had a 40 percent higher risk of dying from cardiac illness.

Furthermore, the study found that African Americans had a 38 percent greater risk of death than Caucasians. As vitamin D levels rose, cardiovascular-related fatalities fell.

Scientists believe that there are several genetic factors common to black people that hinder the ability to absorb the compound, including a darker skin pigment that reduces vitamin D synthesis and a higher incidence of lactose intolerance.

"Our study suggests that the next step would be to intervene to boost vitamin D levels safely with supplements," said lead author Kevin Fiscella.

Dr. James O’Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, recommends that most people take 2,000 IU of the compound every day. African Americans may need up to 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day.

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  • http://TestforvitD USPatriot

    My primary care doc is testing everyone for vit D levels. The bill came and it was $232 for this one test. It would be cheaper to just start taking vit D instead of testing! I could have bought a lifetime supply for that!

    the FDA has declared mercury safe and B6 a new drug. How stupid is that! Now we need a Rx for B6 but they can inject put mercury in vaccines and tell us it is safe? What a crock!

  • RC

    There’s Vitamin D3 available in 300 capsules per bottle with 4000 IU for only 11 bucks. It should last me for almost a year if I remember to take it daily otherwise it’ll last me longer. A good buy.

  • Mike In MI

    This whole vitamin D3 deficiency thing is indicative of the whole medical intelligence deficiency (for which there may be no cure). It is a perfect snapshot of medicine’s despite for our health and their reverence for entrenched medical tradition and inflexibility of financial/manufacturing interests. Vitamin D3 repletion (to blood levels of 35-50 ng/dl) is so inexpensive and so effectual in elevating the spectrum of human health parameters it would fracture the fear of disease being held over our heads to control us. For instance, because adequate vit. D3 repletion makes people virtually immune to pathogens the fangs of fear could be broken from bioterrorism and pandemic threats. What would that be worth? Repletion also corrects many of the internal conditions causing the plague of chronic and degenerative diseases. That alone could remove the medical cost concerns fundamental to the call for ObamaCare. Healthy people don’t often submit themselves for invasive testing, toxic drugs, risky surgeries, irradiation dangers, required recurrent medical visits, therapies, retraining, broken families, etc.

    But, it seems neither government health bureaucracies’, legislators’ nor AMA (excluding some other medical guilds) leaders are inclined to act congrously with public necessity and desires.

    One thing is certain – take care of doing it for yourself, loved ones and influence friends who will listen. You can vastly improve your survivability when it hits the fan. Most important, find out what God is willing to do to help you in this regard (leave the company of anyone who scoffs at the idea.)


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