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Success as a professional soccer player during the World Cup requires skill, training and heart. A new study found that vitamin D levels could also impact athletic performance.
Researchers from Greece looked at the vitamin D levels of 67 soccer players following the competition season and off season. They found high vitamin D levels related to increased exercise performance both times.
Research confirms that having a healthy vitamin D blood serum level of 30 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter—a density measurement) cuts the risk of dying prematurely in half, over a nine-year follow-up, compared to people with lower levels.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that too-low levels of vitamin D are hazardous due to increased risk of bone diseases. The results of this new systematic review as published in the American Journal of Public Health go even further in showing a connection between vitamin D and risk of premature death from all causes.
Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of Americans are estimated to have vitamin D levels lower than 30 ng/mL, according to Dr. Cedric Garland, a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego.