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Vitamin D and its impact on health and wellness is a favorite topic here at Pursuit of Great.
It is a perfect fit for this site’s mission to provide all people regardless of economic status with usable information they can apply to their lives to improve their health, wellness, and well being.
It is an inexpensive vitamin supplement (it’s so cheap you can even get it from sunlight), it has what is generally regarded as a high tolerable limit, and it carries with it a host of potential health benefits.
That is one of the most ideal packages we can find for improving our health.
The following study is one more example of how potentially powerful the effect of this vitamin can be.
Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna took a look at whether or not levels of vitamin D in the blood had any impact on the risk of death, both overall and cause-specific.
As you might imagine from the opening lines of this article, the results were powerful for vitamin D.
The researchers used a massive sample of over 78,000 people, which is great. However, only 31.5% of the participants were male so it was not the best cross-section of the population.
Even with that said, a sample of this size can be very beneficial.
As you might expect, vitamin D shined.
The researchers found that those who were classified as having low vitamin D levels (10 nmol/L or less) were associated with having 2-3 times greater risk of death.
2-3 times. Let that sink in.
Now, on the flipside, those with high vitamin D levels (90 nmol/L or greater) were associated with 30-40% less risk.
Interestingly enough, there was no significant association found in those over the age of 75. It would be interesting to find out why that is.
Also of note was a somewhat unexpected finding.
Those who were classified as vitamin D-deficient (less than or equal to 50 nmol/L) were associated with 4.4. times greater risk of death due to diabetes than those who were not deficient.
Mind you, that is not just those with low vitamin D levels, but simply those who were found to be deficient.
That could be a big deal and is something you should talk to your doctor about if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or are even concerned about it.
Now the question, as it always is when it comes to vitamin D, is this: is the vitamin D deficiency what led to the illness, or did the illness lead to the vitamin D deficiency?
It will be asked until it is definitively solved, but in the meantime I personally do not want to stand on the sidelines while they figure it out.
Either way, I want my vitamin D levels to be optimal, and it helps that it is one of the least expensive supplements you can find.
So talk to your doctor about safe, healthy vitamin D supplementation.
You just may be removing one more risk of serious illness.
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