Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Vitamin D and Heart Disease

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Monday, 27 Dec 2010 10:43 AM Current | Bio | Archive

My doctor says I am low in vitamin D and that puts me at risk for cardiovascular disease. Is he correct? If so, how can I get an adequate level of vitamin D?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

A prospective study involving 41,504 subjects and reported in the American Journal of Cardiology supports what your doctor told you. It showed a highly significant correlation between low vitamin D levels and the development of cardiovascular disease. While researchers found almost 64 percent of those studied had low vitamin D levels, I believe the numbers in the population at large are even higher than that.

Vitamin D deficiency was associated with highly significant increases in the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and peripheral vascular disease. Those without risk factors but with a severe deficiency had an increased likelihood of developing diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The vitamin D levels also were associated with coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

The authors concluded, “We have confirmed a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the general healthcare population, and an association between vitamin D levels and prevalent and incident CV risk factors and outcomes. These observations lend strong support to the hypothesis that vitamin D might play a primary role in CV risk factors and disease.”

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My doctor says I am low in vitamin D and that puts me at risk for cardiovascular disease. Is he correct? If so, how can I get an adequate level of vitamin D? Dr. Brownstein s Answer: A prospective study involving 41,504 subjects and reported in the American Journal of...
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