Sunshine Likely Prevents Heart Attacks

Vitamin D level is key, researchers say
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 8:14 AM CDT
Milk on the shelves of a supermarket in Miami. New research suggests high levels of vitamin D--found in sun, supplements, and milk--can decrease the risk of heart attack.    (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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(Newser) – Plenty of sunshine could be one key to heart health, according to a new study. Research has linked low levels of vitamin D—the "sunshine vitamin"—to an increased risk of heart attacks, reports Web MD. Men with low levels of vitamin D ran twice the risk of having a heart attack, according to the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Vitamin D deficiency has been related to an increasing number of conditions and to  death," said a statement by the researchers. "The findings add further support that the current dietary requirements of vitamin D need to be increased."