RELEASE: Vitamin D, the hormone of life, according to cardiology professor Manuel de la Peña

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RELEASE: Vitamin D, the hormone of life, according to cardiology professor Manuel de la Peña

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A study published in the medical journal The British Medical Journal concludes that vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of myocardial infarction in people over 60 years of age. In addition, vitamin D plays an important role in defenses and in the absorption of calcium, one of the main components of bones.

Madrid, August 16, 2023.- For Dr. Manuel de la Peña, academic, professor of cardiology and President of the European Institute of Health and Social Welfare, underlines that precisely in the study published in the British Medical Journal, the heart attack rate it was 19% lower in the group of people who took vitamin D. In fact, he points out that in general 60% of healthy people suffer from vitamin D deficiency, since from the age of 50 its synthesis decreases through the skin from sun exposure, of which up to 90% is obtained, and only a small part comes from the diet. Foods with significant vitamin D content are in short supply: fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel, milk, eggs, and liver.

De la Peña adds that low levels of vitamin D are related to fatigue, muscle weakness and joint pain, to such an extent that various autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis could be related to low concentrations of vitamin D in the blood. Actually, vitamin D is a hormone, because it acts in practically all the organs and systems of the organism, since it is about several complex interconnected substances. In fact, 3% of the human genome is directly or indirectly regulated by vitamin D.

Vitamin D plays an essential role in the nervous, muscular, and immune systems, as it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties that contribute to a healthy immune system, muscle function, and brain cell activity. Research shows that low levels of vitamin D in the blood are associated with cognitive decline. And it is important to note that optimal levels or doses of vitamin D favorably regulate immunity, says Manuel de la Peña.

All people should have regular vitamin D tests and when necessary take supplements when blood levels are less than 20ng/mL. The optimal levels of vitamin D in the blood are 30-50 ng/mL, and ideally it should not exceed 100ng/mL, since an overdose could cause an excess of calcium in the coronary arteries, which would speed up the process of arteriosclerosis. In short, it is essential to monitor vitamin D levels under medical prescription to personalize the most appropriate treatment.

In some countries, the health authorities have chosen to reinforce dairy foods with vitamin D and, in this way, their population has adequate levels of it. In people with deficit (severe or not) supplementation greatly improves physical and metabolic levels, and therefore vitality.

De la Peña, in addition to being a professor of cardiology, is an Academic, Doctor Cum Laude and writer. The books he has published are: "Heart Treatise" (2010), "Patients' Needs" (2010), "Cardiopatients" (2010), "Healthy Companies" (2010), "e-Health" (2010) , "Health Excellence: patients, innovation and technologies" (2009), "Patient Satisfaction" (2008), "Tobacco Control" (2006), "WHO Health Surveillance Guide" (2002), "Quality in Health Care" (1999), "Cardiocheck" (1993). And author of the blog El poder de curar.

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