Heart Risk Alert: Are you taking Vitamin D and a Calcium Supplement?

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-10-26 07:52:08 -0500
Started 2011-04-20 00:59:35 -0500

A new analysis of data on taking Vitamin D and calcium supplements simultaneously shows a 20% increase in cardiovascular risk. You can read more here.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/162...

Taking Vitamin D is commonly accepted as a way to tdecrease heart disease risk and many take calcium supplement to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Now it seems we must balance these two positives with a potential negative.

Anyone taking both? Amyone talk to their docs about it? What have you heard or experienced?

HH


16 replies

berrykins0
berrykins0 2011-06-17 15:35:36 -0500 Report

i take calcium1200 vitamin d 800. my reason i'm higher risk for osteoporosis cause i have thyriod issues.my doctor told me why i needed to take them.my doctor even had me do a bone density to make sure my hips spine weren't losing too much calcium. these areas check out normal.

Narasan
Narasan 2011-05-01 23:53:54 -0500 Report

I was taking vitamin D for vitamin D deficiency last year for a few months, but I have left that doctor since he would not send me to the doctors I needed to see and I ended up in the hospital with a heart attack. I am to see my new Prim Doc in July & I will have him retest me for vitamin D deficiency. At least now I know why I was having so much pain in my bones and muscles for all these years. When I was on vitamin D, after a 2 months the pain was slowly going away. Now they are back again. As for calcium, my body can not absorb it very well.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-03 00:02:45 -0500 Report

Narasan,

There is more than 1 type of Vitamin D test. The one that is pertinent here is the 25-OH Vitamin D3 test (for cholecalciferol level ) not teh D1 or D2 test.

HH

Judy560
Judy560 2011-04-25 01:08:44 -0500 Report

Vitamin D and calcium pills are good for some of us. I've been taking them for two
years now and my bone density has increased. My doctor encourages me to take em.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-02 23:53:43 -0500 Report

Judy,

Yes, plus Vitamin D3 is excellent for treating many forms of heart disease! It is not menat ot replace other treatments but is an additive therapy with powerful benefits

HH

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-04-22 10:22:45 -0500 Report

I'm taking both the calcium and vitamin D.

The calcium was started about 5 years ago, because I'm, Lactose intolerent. I don't or can't have dairy products. I had fractured my femur that year that I was told to take calcium supplements.

Vitamin D was just prescribed for me last year after a blood test showed I was not getting enough Vitamin D. The Nepherologist scripted a dosage of 50,000 units of vitamin D once a month.

Neither Doctor has said anything so far about the use of both of these drugs.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-04-22 23:19:39 -0500 Report

re1ndeer,

There is more than 1 type of Vitamin D test. The one that is pertinent here is the 25-OH Vitamin D3 test (for cholecalciferol level - was that the one you got?) If you saw a nephrologist then you probably got the 25-OH Vitamin D1 (for calcitriol) test which is for kidney function.

What I refer to here would be for those taking D3 in dosages arounf 2000-8000IU per day.

HH

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-04-23 06:37:50 -0500 Report

I believe it was the 25-OH vitamin D2, as my 50,000 units is for a vitamin D2 tablet, that I take once per month.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-04-24 23:08:53 -0500 Report

re1ndeer:

D3 is the supplement needed for heart health. I participate in the Track Your Plaque heart disease reversal program which calls for (among other things) taking enough D3 to maintain a blood level of 60ng/mL. I take 8000iU in the wintertime when I do not get much sunlight and about 6000IU in the summertime to maintain the proper blood level.

HH

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-04-25 05:34:21 -0500 Report

Are you saying I need to take a vitamin D3 tablet along with my Vitamin D2 tablet? In order to protect my heart.?

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-04-28 00:03:45 -0500 Report

re1ndeer:

Absolutely,

Vitamin D2 is ergocalciferol which is the vitamin they put in milk and other food products, Your heart (and many other organs) crave D3 which is cholecalciferol. Your body has something like 600 receptors for this nutrient.

Here are some good resources to read on Vitamin D2 versus D3

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/177-d2-nd-d3-are-two-different-things

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/178-the-case-against-vitamin-d2

HH

Judy560
Judy560 2011-05-03 21:05:16 -0500 Report

Are you a doctor? Whats good for you might not be good for others like reindeer and myself I'm lactose intolerant and have never drank milk or other milk products. Goats milk is even better for us that are lactose intolerant or Silk. Down with milk !!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-04 23:25:30 -0500 Report

Judy,

Me too, I'm lactose intolerant so I would never advocate milk. No, I'm not a doc but I do work with a cardiologist who is big on Vitamin D3 and often complains tha many docs order the wrong test because even they are confused!