The Latest on Vitamin D
Apr 08, 2015 02:00PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
A small, recent study in Europe drew a link between vitamin D deficiency and poor brain function following cardiac arrest. As a matter of fact, the risk of poor brain function after such an event increased seven-fold if a vitamin D deficiency was present. Dr. Jin Wi, at the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA), explained, “Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of poor neurological outcome after sudden cardiac arrest by seven-fold. The only factors that had a greater impact on poor neurological outcome were the absence of bystander CPR or having a first monitored heart rhythm that was non-shockable.”
Dr. Wi concluded: “A large, randomized clinical trial is needed to find out whether supplements of vitamin D can protect high risk groups from having a sudden cardiac arrest.”
Bottom Line: The most efficient, easiest, and cheapest way to get vitamin D is to expose yourself to sunlight—it makes the body produce D. Fifteen minutes a day should do the job, while still protecting us from damaging UV rays. A brief walk at lunchtime is an easy prescription to fill.
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