Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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Most men probably have no idea whether or not they take in enough vitamin D. However, a new study from John Hopkins may change all that. According to the study, insufficient levels of vitamin D can increase the risk of heart disease and heart attacks and lead to an early death. 

Men’s Health reports that men who don’t get enough of the crucial vitamin have a 26% increased chance of death than men who do. A separate study also found that about 41% of American men are estimated to be vitamin D deficient.

“When looking at the types of death, we can’t say what type of death [the subjects tested over a period of time had], but when you put them all together, we have enough power to say conclusively that vitamin D was an independent risk factor in death,” said Erin Michos, M.D., co-lead investigator in the John Hopkins study.

Why is vitamin D so important? Well, it helps keep bones strong, decreases the chances of getting an infection, boosts the immune system, regulates blood pressure, and may even help prevent cancer, among other things. Needless to say, vitamin D is critical to a healthy body.

So how can you ensure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D? While getting your blood screened is the only way to know for sure, men who drink milk, consume fortified dairy products, eat lots of fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are all excellent choices), take vitamin supplements, and go out in the sun every can naturally boost their vitamin D levels. 

Be happy, be healthy, be sure to get enough vitamin D!

Source: Men's Health

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