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Low Levels of Vitamin D associated with Heart Attack and Early Death

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen said people with low levels of vitamin D were associated with a higher risk of heart attack and early death.

Dr. Peter Brondum-Jacobsen of Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen said the study involved more than 10,000 Danes. The study compared people with the 5 percent lowest levels of vitamin D with the 50 percent of the highest levels of vitamin D.

The study found the low levels of vitamin D compared to optimal levels were linked to a 40 percent higher risk of ischemic heart disease, 64 percent higher risk of heart attack, 57 percent higher risk of early death and no less than 81 percent higher risk of death from heart disease.

Healthy Tip: People with high levels of stress are more likely to be diagnosed with Heart Disease.

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Night Shift Increases Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

According to a new study published this week in the British Medical Journal people who work irregular hours, often referred to as the graveyard shift or night shift, are at a higher risk for of heart attack and stroke.  2 million people were surveyed in this study which found that an that irregular shift workers are at 23% greater risk of heart attacks than the other workers, 5% greater risk of ischemic strokes and 24% greater risk of all coronary events combined (a category that includes heart attack but not stroke). Shift workers also had slightly higher overall death rates than average, but those results were not statistically significant.

More studies like this one continue to reveal how detrimental lack of sleep or irregular sleep schedule can be to our health.

Source: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/27/its-called-the-graveyard-shift-for-a-reason/?iid=hl-main-mostpop1#ixzz22JzCq8jU