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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Easy-to-fix cause of high blood pressure

There are many reasons why people develop high blood pressure, and one of them may be something most never consider: a vitamin D deficiency. Long thought to be something that only affects menopausal women, new research from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., may change that.

Reuters Health reports that the study of 7,699 men and women of all ages showed that low blood concentrations of vitamin D is very common in the United States and this can be associated with higher blood pressure in whites. (The relationship was not found among blacks.) "Though easily corrected by taking a vitamin D supplement or having causal sunlight exposure, vitamin D insufficiency is highly prevalent in the United States," lead study author Dr. Vin Tangpricha told Reuters Health.

The study: Tangpricha and his Emory University colleagues examined the link between systolic blood pressure (the top number) and vitamin D levels among 7,699 healthy adults, all of whom had participated in the third National Health and Examination Survey conducted from 1988 to 1994. None of them had high blood pressure at the start of the study. Of these, 47 percent were male, 61 percent were white and 39 percent were black. It was found that 61 percent of whites and 92 percent of blacks had a vitamin D deficiency, and 63 percent of these were young people--ranging in age from 18 and 49 years old.

The results: The white participants who had normal vitamin D levels had a 20-percent lower rise in age-associated systolic blood pressure compared with those with insufficient vitamin D levels, reports Reuters. "This paper does not provide direct evidence that vitamin D supplementation will lower blood pressure," Tangpricha cautions, acknowledging that further research is necessary. A simple, relatively inexpensive blood test can determine if you have a vitamin D deficiency. The study findings were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

From the Editors at Netscape

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