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Vitamin D deficiency linked to hypertension

Two studies have shown that most American children aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and this is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.

It is known that vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart disease in adults. What I didn’t know was how few food sources there are of vitamin D.

Video: How to Absorb Vitamin D

This video gets straight to the point of how to ensure you get enough vitamin D. I liked the nutritionist’s clear explanation of how to make sure you do!

The vitamin D studies

Two papers were published in Pediatrics at the same time by coincidence using U.S. data from the 2001 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They both set out to discover the effects of low vitamin D levels on cardiovascular risk in young people.

The first study found that 9% of young Americans aged 1 to 21 were vitamin D deficient, with blood levels under 15 nanograms per milliliter. (The recommendation is for 30 nanograms per milliliter.) Children with the lowest vitamin D levels were more likely to have higher blood pressure, high blood sugar levels and low blood levels of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol.

The second study of 3577 adolescents showed they had an average vitamin D blood level of 24.8 nanograms per milliliter. The 25% of those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 2.36 times more likely to have high blood pressure, 54% more likely to have low HDL cholesterol levels and 2.54 times more likely to have elevated blood sugar levels.

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