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15 Very Common Diseases Caused by Lack of This 1 Common Vitamin
Vitamin D may be able to improve asthma control by blocking the inflammation causing proteins in the lungs, as well as increasing the number of other types of proteins that stop inflammation in the body naturally. Children with lower levels of vitamin D were shown to have lower lung function and little control over their asthma symptoms or attacks.
7. Heart Disease
Vitamin D deficiency has been strongly linked to more severe cases of heart disease, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session. Scientists found that more than 70 percent of subject who underwent coronary angiography, had vitamin D deficiencies. This vitamin is also linked to a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, as well as an increased risk of death from heart disease. On top of this, if you should have a heart attack, and you have low levels of vitamin D, your risk of dying from that heart attack increases by 90 percent!
Dementia is a severe decline in thinking abilities, behavior, and memory that negatively impacts a person’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The journal Neurology published a study that found that subjects with moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency can double the risk for developing some forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. This study, published in 2014, looked at 1,600 dementia free adults 65 years of age or older. Those with low levels of vitamin D had as much as a 53 percent increased risk of developing dementia, and those who were considered to be severely deficient in this vitamin had a 125 percent increased risk when compared to those with normal levels of vitamin D. Although scientists aren’t exactly sure how vitamin D is connected to dementia, they believe that this vitamin helps to remove plaque in the brain that is linked to the development of dementia.
There is a connection between low levels of vitamin D and the development of type 2 diabetes, according to some research studies. Some studies show that vitamin D somehow contributes to glucose tolerance through its overall effects on insulin sensitivity and the secretion of insulin.
10. Erectile Dysfunction
ED is one of the most common sexual problems among men, with more than 30 million American men going to the doctor for this problem every year. One study found that men with severe ED had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than men who had milder forms of erectile dysfunction. Of course there are other health conditions that can cause ED including high blood pressure, diabetes, and prostate problems but improving vitamin D levels is a good place to start when ED problems are present.
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