Heart failure warning: Taking THIS supplement could lower your risk

Heart failure is where the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.

It affects around 900,000 people in the UK, and there has been no improvement in death rates since the 1990s.

However, recent research has discovered that taking a daily vitamin D supplement could lower your risk.

A study published in the European Journal of Heart Failure linked low vitamin D levels in the elderly with a higher likelihood of heart failure.

They found that the risk was 12 times higher in those who were deficient compared to people with an adequate level.

The research supported the findings of a previous study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Scientists found an association between taking vitamin D supplements and reduced risk of heart failure.

Vitamin D is important for regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, according to the NHS.

As well as heart failure, being deficient could put you at risk of muscle weakness, common cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

It can also reduce your risk of suffering from multiple sclerosis later in life, according to another recent study.

Last year Public Health England recommended that everyone take a vitamin D supplement, particularly during autumn and winter.

The elderly are an ‘at risk’ group of deficiency in the vitamin, in addition to children, pregnant women and those with darker skin.

It is estimated by NICE that 10 million people in England do not absorb enough.

The most efficient way to absorb vitamin D is through sun exposure.

However, this can put people at risk of skin cancer - there are 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

In addition to supplements, rich dietary sources of vitamin D include oily fish and eggs.

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