Don't go out in the sun -- you'll get cancer! OK, fine, I'll stay indoors more. Oops:
Inadequate vitamin D could increase your risk of death by 26 percent, a new study concludes.
Yet many people are not getting enough vitamin D, which the skin makes naturally when exposed to sunlight. A nationwide survey found that 41 percent of men and 53 percent of women in the United States were not getting enough of this vital nutrient.
The importance of vitamin D may be underappreciated," said lead author Dr. Michal Melamed, a clinical fellow at Johns Hopkins University. "There are studies that link low vitamin D levels to the development of heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes, hypertension and different cancers," she said.
Guess we need to get our Vitamin D from supplements. No, wait:
Many recent studies have found that the amount of vitamins in most vitamin pills is way too much and may actually increase rates of cancer and heart disease.
That's what Dr. Dean Edell says, and we all know the radio never lies to us. I forget -- are coffee and red wine good for me this week or bad?