High Levels of Vitamin D Could be Dangerous

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  • High levels of vitamin D could be dangerous: According to a new research from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, recently published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, high levels of vitamin D were linked to increase in cardiovascular deaths. As Peter Schwarz, Professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine, explains: “We have studied the level of vitamin D in 247,574 Danes, and so far, it constitutes the world’s largest basis for this type of study. We have also analyzed their mortality rate over a seven-year period after taking the initial blood sample, and in that time 16,645 patients had died. Furthermore, we have looked at the connection between their deaths and their levels of vitamin D.” The study conclusion clearly confirms that there is a correlation between mortality rates and too low levels of vitamin D, but too much vitamin D in our blood can also be bad for our health and it may have great influence on our future intake of nutritional supplements. Mr. Schwartz adds: “These are very important results, because there is such great focus on eating vitamin D. We should use this information to ask ourselves whether or not we should continue to eat vitamins and nutritional supplements as if they were sweets. You shouldn’t simply up the dose to feel better. We should only consume such vitamins in close coordination with our GP.”
  • Parents should take away their smart phones and get their kids outdoors: According to a new research, the average 8–18-year-old spends about seven hours and 38 minutes daily using entertainment media; and 33% of children today are considered overweight. Results of a 2005 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that globally more than 20 million kids under the age of 5 are overweight; however that number increased to nearly 43 million children in 2010. Getting children outdoors and challenging them physically is a huge part of the obesity problem, while physical activities like tree and rock climbing, running in a park or swimming can be both fun and healthy, bring an adrenalin rush and a wonderful feeling of being alive. As Ant Eddies-Davies, who operates an outdoor adventure center in the UK called Live the Adventure, says: “There is something truly amazing about being outside in the fresh air. Imagine not being able to climb a tree? Or, worse still, not being bothered whether you climb it or not because you’re too busy shooting people on a computer game.”
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