Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of serious illness

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A study revealed that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of serious cardiovascular disease.

Published in Molecular Nutrition Food Research, the study investigated vitamin D deficiency in rats, causing heart failure due to insulin resistance in the heart muscle.

The study looked at the cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D deficiency and cardiovascular abnormalities.

Male mice were fed a normal diet, a diet lacking in vitamin D or a high-fat, high-fructose diet for 20 weeks.

It was found that vitamin D deficiency in mice mimics a diet rich in fat and fructose with induced metabolic syndrome and heart dysfunction, according to Russia Today.

The study concluded that vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart failure, at least in part, by inducing insulin resistance in the myocardium.

A growing number of studies point to vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for heart attack, congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), stroke and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, Johns Hopkins said.

She added: “Vitamin D acts as a hormone that regulates more than 200 genes throughout the body. As people spend less time outdoors and use more sunscreen when outside, there is a general deficiency among the entire population.”

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