Preliminary data just revealed that postmenopausal white women aged 45 to 58 with a vitamin D deficiency had more risk factors for heart disease than women with normal levels of the vitamin. Women with low vitamin D levels had higher levels of triglycerides; higher fasting glucose; a higher body mass index; and lower HDL “good” cholesterol. The researchers noted 47 percent of the women who were deficient in vitamin D were smokers compared to 38 percent of the women with normal vitamin D levels. About 15 percent of the women deficient in vitamin D either died or suffered heart failure, a heart attack or stroke during the study period compared to 10.2 percent of the women who did not have this deficiency. Another study found that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease.
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