Vitamin D Lowers Blood Pressure

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 03:16 PM

By Nick Tate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Low levels of vitamin D can trigger high blood pressure, according to a new study that suggests fortifying more foods with the nutrient could lower cardiovascular disease rates.
 
Although past studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to hypertension, the new research presented this week at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics is the first to show a cause-and-effect connection.

SPECIAL: These 4 Things Happen Right Before a Heart Attack — Read More.
 
The large-scale genetic review by the University College London analyzed information from 35 studies involving more than 155,000 individuals in Europe and the United States.
 
"We knew from earlier observational studies that low [vitamin] D concentrations were likely to be associated with increases in blood pressure and hypertension, but correlation is not causality," said Vimal Karani S, M.D., from the University’s Institute of Child Health.

"Additionally, randomized controlled trials of vitamin D supplementation in humans have produced inconsistent effects on cardiovascular outcomes. The whole picture was somewhat confused, and we decided to try to figure it out once and for all."
 
The results showed that for every 10 percent increase in vitamin D concentrations, there was an 8.1 percent decrease in the risk of developing hypertension.
 
Vitamin D deficiency is common and has long been known to cause bone diseases, such as rickets. But the nutrient has also been tied to a variety of other conditions in recent years.
 
"Our study strongly suggests that some cases of cardiovascular disease could be prevented through vitamin D supplements or food fortification," said Dr. Karani S. "Our new data provide further support for the important non-skeletal effects of vitamin D.
 
"We now intend to continue this work by examining the causal relationship between vitamin D status and other cardiovascular disease-related outcomes such as lipid-related phenotypes, for example, cholesterol, inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, and type 2 diabetes and markers of glucose metabolism. We believe that we still have a lot to find out about the effect of vitamin D deficiency on health, and we now know that we have the tools to do so."

SPECIAL: These 4 Things Happen Right Before a Heart Attack — Read More.

© 2014 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Beachgoers Warned of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 16:48 PM

Florida officials are warning that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in the waters off the  . . .

Foam Cups Tied to Cancer

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 16:43 PM

An independent panel of scientists has confirmed that styrene - the key chemical component of foam cups and other food s . . .

Michael Douglas Reveals What Cancer Treatment Did to Him

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 16:37 PM

Actor Michael Douglas, diagnosed with advanced throat cancer in 2010, told a group of doctors that treatment for his con . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved