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Heart Problems Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

  By posted Nov 25th 2013
Healthy Living

 

Heart Problems Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency



Heart problems are a leading health concern for most Indians along with diabetes. But new research links vitamin D deficiency to heart problems and heart disease. Poor and unhealthy eating habits and lack of outdoor activities can also cause vitamin D deficiencies. Let’s take a closer look at the link between heart problems and vitamin D deficiency.


In the last few years, several studies suggest that those who suffered from cardiac arrest also tested positive for vitamin D deficiency. This should not be ignored as India accounts for 19 per cent of deaths among heart disease patients. This number is based on studies conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

India has more than 50 per cent of heart disease patients in the world, and what is even more alarming is the fact that approximately 80 per cent of Indians suffer from vitamin D deficiency.

Causes of Vitamin D  deficiency include poor absorption of this vitamin in the body. Also, in some cases, people suffering from kidney disease, fails to convert vitamin D into an active form. Also, lack of exposure to the sun can cause vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is Important as an immune system booster, it also prevents cancer, rickets, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, tuberculosis, influenza, obesity, hair loss and depression.

Vitamin D is also important for expecting mothers, as is can prevent premature babies. This vitamin also speeds up the healing process.

Foods with Vitamin D:

 

  • Sunshine: Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D.
  • Cod liver oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Mackeral
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Sunflowers seeds
  • Soy products
  • Fortified cereals
  • Oranges
  • Fortified margarine
  • Alternative milk like soy, rice and coconut.


President of the Association of Physicians of India, Dr. A Muruganathan says, “Along with other medications and measures, heart patients need to also ensure that their Vitamin D levels are maintained at the required levels. It is sad that many healthy people are also not aware of the importance of Vitamin D and that a prolonged deficiency could eventually cause heart-related problems.”

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