How can vitamin D levels affect heart health?

Recent research studies suggest that low levels of vitamin D may cause increased risk of heart disease and that taking vitamin D supplements may help reduce this risk for some patients. Check with your doctor about taking a supplement, and choose milk or other foods fortified with vitamin D. You may also want to get moderate amounts of sunshine (your body uses sun to make vitamin D).
Despite all the talk about achieving adequate levels of vitamin D because of possible heart health benefits, blood levels above 21 nanograms can increase levels of C-reactive protein, an indicator associated with cardiac disease. If you are on a vitamin D supplement your doctor should periodically check your vitamin D blood levels.

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