Vitamin D may be heart protective

A deficiency of the sunshine vitamin may worsen plaque accumulation in vessels of diabetes patients

By Nathan Seppa, 18:31 PM August 25, 2009

Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate the excess heart disease risk that people with type 2 diabetes face, a new study in the Aug. 25 Circulation suggests. In lab tests, researchers demonstrate that immune cells with very low vitamin D levels turn into soggy, cholesterol-filled baggage that can become building blocks of arterial plaques.

Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, an endocrinologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his colleagues found that people with diabetes seem ...

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