Vitamin D and blood pressure
This article reviewed a number of studies that discuss " the association " of increased Blood pressure and low 25(OH ) vitamin D levels < 30 ng/ml .
This study documented the Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations Are Correlated With Cardiometabolic Risk Among American Black and White Adolescents Living in a Year-Round Sunny Climate
Samip Parikh MBBS, De-huang Guo MD, Norman K. Pollock PHD, Karen Petty PHD, Jigar Bhagatwala MBBS, Bernard Gutin PHD, Chris Houk MD, Haidong Zhu MD, Yanbin Dong MD
http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc11-1944 in young adults.
Vitamin D and the risk of developing Heart Disease
I have attached a couple of abstracts discussing " maybe's " and" the association" of Vitamin D deficiency and the increased risk of heart disease. I believe that a lot of excellent work has been done associating Vitamin D with health problems other than just bone health. We have reviewed these Associations and Maybes over the last few days. There is still a lot of work to be done before we understand these associations and more importantly , we need good studies demonstrating the benefits or lack of benefit of taking Vitamin D supplements . Most Vitamin supplements seem to be strong on hype and low in actual benefit.
What to do now.
Having a Vitamin D test ( 25( [OH ] D) done seems reasonable to me.
Getting a little more sunshine , taking Vitamin D supplements and getting followup test is
something that needs to be discussed with your doctor.
Have fun , Be Smart and discuss these "Maybe's " with your doctor
David Calder, MD
A few Studies