People ignorant of benefits of vitamin D-Health Careers News 17 Feb 2010

People ignorant of benefits of vitamin D

People in health jobs could focus on publicising the uses of vitamin D.

This is advice from Denise Armstrong, lifestyle manager at Heart Research UK.

She spoke out in light of research undertaken at the University of Warwick which indicates that the vitamin can reduce the risks of heart disease and diabetes in older people.

According to the British Heart Foundation, some 91,000 people die of coronary heart disease a year.

Moreover, around 720,000 are living with heart failure.

Ms Armstrong said that too many people were unaware of the benefits of vitamin D.

The substance is a fat-soluble product naturally found in some foods, such as oily fish, as well as created through ultraviolet sunlight.

"We advise people to get out, expose [themselves] to sunlight, eat a healthy diet, and make sure they get enough vitamin D," she added.

Ms Armstrong advised that supplements of the vitamin could be useful, unless the consumer is already going out in the sunlight.

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