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Vitamin D deficiency in kids ups heart disease risk later

Low levels of vitamin D in childhood increases the risk of heart disease

By: Indo-Asian News Service | Washington | Updated: February 11, 2015 1:15 pm
heart diseases, vitamin d Low levels of vitamin D in childhood were associated with subclinical atherosclerosis over 25 years later in adulthood.

Low levels of vitamin D in childhood increases the risk of heart disease later, a study has suggested.

Low levels of vitamin D in childhood were associated with subclinical atherosclerosis over 25 years later in adulthood, the findings showed.

Atherosclerosis correlates with cardiovascular risk factors, and predicts cardiovascular events.

“Our results showed an association between low vitamin D levels in childhood and increased occurrence of subclinical atherosclerosis in adulthood,” said one of the authors Markus Juonala from University of Turku Finland.

“The association was independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors including serum lipids, blood pressure, smoking, diet, physical activity, obesity indices and socioeconomic status,” Juonala added.

The study examined the relationship between low childhood vitamin D levels and adult increased carotid intima-thickness (IMT), a marker of structural atherosclerosis.

The researchers analysed 2,148 participants aged three-18 years at baseline.

They were re-examined at age 30-45 years.

Participants with low levels of vitamin D in childhood had a significantly higher prevalence of high-risk IMT as adults, the findings showed.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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    vivky
    Feb 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm
    Vitamin D is known to have many benefits in various diseases and apart from its impact on Bone formation. Majority of the people are deficient of vitamin D due to reduced exposure to sunlight which is the major source of Vitamin D. Daily Vitamin D intake should be advised in a dose recommended guidelines, check for recommendations. Vitamin D has many ancillary benefits in overall health and it is well doented.
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