Decreased Vitamin D in Kids Could Effect Heart Health

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has linked childhood vitamin D deficiency with an increased risk for developing heart disease in adulthood. Researchers have found that reduced vitamin D intake correlated with higher levels of heart disease independent of other risk factors such as smoking, obesity or physical activity levels.

“Our results showed an association between low vitamin D levels in childhood and increased occurrence of subclinical atherosclerosis in adulthood.The association was independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors including serum lipids, blood pressure, smoking, diet, physical activity, obesity indices and socioeconomic status,” said one of the authors Markus Juonala.

Low levels of vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” were related to increased incidences of subclinical arteriosclerosis which is a thickening of the walls of the arteries. Vitamin D deficiency has long been linked to poor bone and teeth development as the vitamin is responsible for depositing calcium in bones.

The researchers looked at 2,148 participants during childhood and revisited them years later when they had reached adulthood. Researchers found that the children who had lower levels of vitamin D were significantly more likely to develop subclinical arteriosclerosis.

 

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Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Millan is a senior at the George Washington University studying Biological Anthropology.

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