Low Vitamin C Levels May

by MichelleR on January 10, 2012

 My 71-year-old father recently suffered his
second heart attack in the past six years. The doctor told him to consume more
food that is high in vitamin C. I can’t monitor his meals every day – and
besides, what does vitamin C have to do with heart problems? I thought cholesterol
was the biggest problem. What else can we do to help him?            


You and your father should take
note of a recent study, which found that heart failure patients who don’t consume
enough vitamin C-rich foods have more inflammation and a higher risk of cardiac
complications and death. The study was presented
at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.

Compared with those with high vitamin C intake from food,
heart failure patients in the study who had low vitamin C intake were 2.4 times
more likely to have higher levels of a type of protein that serves as a marker
for inflammation and a risk factor for heart disease.

“We found that
adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients
with heart failure,” said Eun Kyeung Song, Ph.D., R.N., lead author of the
study and assistant professor at the Department of Nursing, College of
Medicine, in the University of Ulsan in Korea.

The average age among the 212 patients in the study was 61,
and about one-third were women. About 45 percent of the participants had
moderate to severe heart failure.

The use of diuretics also may play a role because vitamin C
is water soluble and diuretics increase the amount of water excreted from the
kidneys, said Terry Lennie, Ph.D., R.N., study author and associate dean of
Ph.D. studies in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. “Diet is
the best source of vitamin C,” Lennie said. “Eating the recommended five
servings of fruits and vegetables a day provides an adequate amount.”

Your father might need daily reminders about his diet or
help with meals and medication reminders as he recovers from his heart episode.
A Home Instead CAREGiverSM could provide non-medical services for a senior loved one who is
recovering from an illness and also can help with a variety of tasks, including
preparing healthy meals.


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