Happy New Year! I hope you're off to a great start to 2013. One of my resolutions for this year, as it is every year, is to help keep you healthy. And, as you may know, one of the best ways you can do that is by taking vitamin D. A new study says this is especially important if you're a diabetic.
Diabetics with low levels of vitamin D commonly develop clogged arteries, which can result in heart disease, says a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
According to the researchers, blood vessels are not as likely to clog in diabetics who have sufficient levels of vitamin D. However, in those with low levels, immune cells trap cholesterol in the blood vessels close to the heart, resulting in blockage.
During the study, the researchers looked at the blood levels of vitamin D in 43 type-2 diabetics. They also looked at the vitamin D levels of 25 non-diabetics of the same sex, body type, and age. They found that diabetics with a vitamin D blood level of 30 ng/ml were more likely to have clogged arteries.
A study published in 2011 said that vitamin D can improve cholesterol levels and heart disease biomarkers in diabetics. Now we're seeing that vitamin D can help keep the cholesterol you do have from clogging your blood vessels. This is big news!
According to the study, the vitamin D works with your immune cells to clear your arteries of plaque buildup. However, if your immune cells, called microphages, meet with inflammation instead of vitamin D, they turn into macrophages. Microphages move around in your blood. But macrophages do not. Instead, they build up and cause blood clots.
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So what does all of this mean? Two things. First, take at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Most people need more, usually around 5,000 IU daily, especially this time of year.
Second, control the inflammation in your body. By keeping your vitamin D levels up and your inflammation low, you create a very healthy environment for your blood to flow. Your microphages won't turn into macrophages. And you won't have blood clots.
The best way to control inflammation is with a healthful diet, exercise, and anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as those found in Reduloxin. Taking Reduloxin with your vitamin D can help keep your heart and your immune system working effectively for many years to come.
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Dr. Janet Zand
"Vitamin D Suppression of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Promotes an Antiatherogenic Monocyte/Macrophage Phenotype in Type 2 Diabetic Patients," Amy E. Riek, Jisu Oh, Jennifer E. Sprague, Alexandra Timpson, Lisa de las Fuentes, Leon Bernal-Mizrachi, Kenneth B. Schechtman and Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi; The Journal of Biological Chemistry, November 2012, doi: 10.1074/jbc.M112.386912.