Vitamin D Intake Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Men

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dietary vitamin d foods reduce cardiovascular disease risk in men
  • In men, but not women, a greater dietary intake of vitamin D-rich foods was linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) events over an 11-year study in Greece. 

  • From the lowest to the highest vitamin D tertiles, CVD events were 24%, 17%, and 12% for men, respectively. 

  • Vitamin D supplementation trials have not replicated these results, indicating that dietary sources might be preferable to supplements for heart health.

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Consuming foods high in vitamin D may have heart-protective effects, according to new research published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

The study was conducted during 2001-2012 and included 1,514 men and 1,528 women from the greater Athens area, in Greece. In the lowest, middle, and highest categories of vitamin D intake, cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks and strokes) occurred in 24%, 17%, and 12% of men and 14%, 10%, and 11% of women.

In contrast with vitamin D supplementation trials that have shown modest to neutral beneficial effects on heart health, this study revealed that increased vitamin D intake from food sources may protect against heart-related problems, especially in men.

This study was published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in April 2020. 

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