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Vitamin D deficiency linked to many ailments

August 11, 2008 2:46:45 PM PDT
Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem, especially in Chicago where are winters are much harsher and there isn't as much sun. A new report shows that adults with low levels of the so-called 'sunshine vitamin' are at a higher risk of dying.

Recent studies have shown vitamin D may protect against a host of ailments ranging from heart disease to cancer.

But this new study shows people with the lowest levels of the vitamin had a 26 percent increased risk of death compared to those with the highest levels.

New York researchers studied more than 13,000 people for an average of 8.7 years.

They found a vitamin D deficiency was linked to fatal heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight, and it's also found in fatty, fish like salmon.

The findings are published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.


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