Vitamin D Not Linked With Heart Risk in Men
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM

Circulating levels of vitamin D had no apparent influence on overall risk for cardiovascular disease in older men, although there was some evidence for an elevated risk for cerebrovascular events among those with low levels, researchers reported.

For men whose serum 25(OH) vitamin D levels were below 20 ng/mL, the hazard ratio for any cardiovascular disease event in a fully adjusted model was 0.91, while the hazard ratio for coronary artery disease was 0.81.  However, among men not taking vitamin D supplements whose levels were beneath that cutoff, the multivariate hazard ratio for a cerebrovascular event was 1.70.

"While our study does not support an association between serum vitamin D levels and risk for cardiovascular events, the significantly higher risk of cerebrovascular disease among men with mild to moderate vitamin D deficiency not using vitamin D supplements warrants further exploration."