Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Vitamin D: The Secret Weapon To Prevent Heart Attacks?

What if vitamins could help prevent heart disease?

Former president Bill Clinton and former vice president Dick Cheney have made headlines recently, but not for their political views - Clinton had two stents placed in his clogged coronary arteries only five years after a quadruple bypass and Cheney suffered his fifth heart attack earlier this week. With cholesterol-lowering medicines such as statins and repeated procedures like stent placements, why is it difficult for even America's most famous political icons to prevent recurrences of coronary events?

It is clear that stents and even bypass surgery are temporary fixes and do not treat the root cause of coronary heart disease. And that's why people continue to suffer from repeated coronary events. Repeated coronary events happen all the time in patients on cholesterol lowering drugs and aspirin.

Is it possible to stop the cycle of repeated coronary events and the need for repeated angioplasties?

Is there more to the root cause of heart disease? Can we take more actions beyond statins and aspirin therapy?

Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, MD has put together extensive scientific evidence in his two books to show us what other bad players, in addition to cholesterol, are responsible for heart attacks. According to Dr. Zaidi, these additional risk factors are: Vitamin D deficiency, low Vitamin B-12, low folic acid and Insulin Resistance (a complex process in your body which can lead to not only heart disease, but also pre-diabetes, diabetes and cancer).

While most people turn to cardiologists after a heart attack, Dr. Zaidi recommends heart attack patients also seek the advice of an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists are equipped with the knowledge to properly evaluate and treat insulin resistance and vitamin D deficiency.

Dr. Zaidi sheds light on the little-known information on the link between Vitamin D deficiency and heart disease in his new book, "Power of Vitamin D." He extensively describes insulin resistance as a root cause for heart disease in his earlier book, "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

It is interesting to note, as Dr. Zaidi points out in "Power of Vitamin D," that Vitamin D deficiency worsens Insulin Resistance, therefore amplifying the negative effects of Insulin Resistance on the heart. Insulin Resistance typically occurs in overweight individuals, whose Vitamin D level gets even lower due to their obesity. Vitamin D is fat soluble and gets trapped in the fat. Consequently, little Vitamin D is available for the rest of the body. Low Vitamin D then has direct negative effects on the heart. In addition, it worsens Insulin Resistance. Thus, obese individuals have the double whammy of Insulin Resistance and Vitamin D deficiency and the two reinforce each other. That's why these individuals continue to suffer from coronary events despite being on statin and aspirin therapy.

"Power of Vitamin D" was published in early 2010 and is available at most major online book retailers. To read Dr. Zaidi's blog and for more information about "Power of Vitamin D," please log onto www.doctorzaidi.com.

Category: Nutrition


 

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