Thursday, February 14, 2013

American Heart Month

14 February 2013
Did you know February is American Heart Month sponsored by the American Heart Association? Heart month is a time to educate people on what we can do to prevent heart problems and live heart-healthy lives.
Heart disease is a major problem for both men and women in the United States. Every year, about 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. About 1 out of every 4 deaths is a result of heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in the US.
The good news? Heart disease is preventable. Improving your overall health will greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Did you know having sufficient vitamin D levels may help?
Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency can actually increase your risk of heart disease. A recent Norwegian study found that people with the lowest vitamin D levels had a 32% greater risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease than those with the highest vitamin D levels.
Some lifestyle habits can put you at an increased risk for developing heart disease. Here are some useful tips to help you improve your heath and manage any existing medical conditions you may have.
  • Eat a healthy diet- Eating a diet full rich with fruits and vegetables can help you avoid heart disease and many complications associated with the disease. Also, eat foots low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
  • Maintain a healthy weight- Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. If you know your height and weight, you can calculate your body mass index (BMI) here.
  • Exercise regularly- Regular physical activity can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t smoke- Smoking cigarettes greatly increases your risk for heart disease. We’ve all heart it a million times, but if you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do, quit ASAP!
  • Limit alcohol use- Avoid drinking too much alcohol, as it can increase your blood pressure.
  • Have your cholesterol checked- Your doctor should test yourcholesterol levels at least once every 5 years.
  • Manage your diabetes- If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar closely.
  • And of course, make sure your vitamin D levels are sufficient! The Vitamin D Council recommends healthy adults supplement with 5,000 IU/day vitamin D3.
Take a look at our Heart Health infographic for some quick info on vitamin D and heart health. Remember to share with friends and family! View the infographic on Facebook to share online.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vitamin D news - New suggested label messages for vitamin D supplements in the UK

12 February 2013
 The Department of Health in the United Kingdom has issued new recommendations for label messages for vitamin D supplements.
The new suggested labeling targets specific populations, some at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than others.
For instance, the Department of Health suggested wording specifically targeted for people who do not get much sun exposure. “The Chief Medical Officer recommends that people who are not exposed to much sun, [for example those who cover their skin, who are housebound or confined indoors for long periods] should take a daily supplement of 10μg of vitamin D.” 10μg is equivalent to 400 IU of vitamin D.
The Department of Health also made suggested labeling messages for children 6 months to 5 years old, pregnant and lactating mothers, and to people over the age of 65. The wording for these targeted groups can be found on their website:
Department of Health. Department recommends product label messages on vitamin D supplements for at risk groups. February, 2013