Muscle pain linked to vitamin D3 and statins; preference for salt and cardiovascular risk

December 05, 2022

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Compared to placebo, researchers found that vitamin D3 supplementation did not significantly reduce muscle symptoms associated with statins.

“Statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS) are common and often lead to discontinuation of statins. Several observational studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D are associated with the development of SAMS and plausible mechanisms have been proposed that link low levels of vitamin D to the development of SAMS”, Mark A. Hlatkydoctor, a professor at Stanford University, and his colleagues wrote.

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According to the data, lower use of added dietary salt was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure and ischemic heart disease. Source: Adobe Stock

It was the biggest story in cardiology last week.

Another featured story covered a study that found less frequent salt use was associated with a reduced total risk of cardiovascular events. The study builds on previous research “and hints at the possible role that long-term salt preferences may have on the risks of total cardiovascular events and major cardiovascular disease subtypes,” Sarah GhoneimMARYLANDfrom the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center wrote.

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