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Friday, August 15, 2008

Lack of vitamin D linked to higher risk of death: study

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to 26 percent greater risk of death in men and women, according to a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland. They studied 13,000 initially healthy men and women from 1994 to 2000, comparing the mortality rate between those with low and normal levels of vitamin D in the blood. They found that of the 1,800 people who died by December 31, 2000 - 700 from cardiovascular diseases - 400 were deficient in vitamin D, which translated to a 26 percent increased risk of death.
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