New research from the American Heart Association reveals a link between vitamin D deficiency at birth and throughout early childhood with elevated systolic blood pressure during later years. Those children with low vitamin D levels through early childhood were found to have double the risk of high blood pressure in adolescence.
High systolic blood pressure increases the risk of #cardiovascular disease. This research, based on a study of 775 children, strongly suggests #screening and #treating #pregnant women and young children for vitamin D levels could be highly effective in reducing blood pressure levels later in life.
Vitamin D is vital for the body to absorb calcium, strengthening bones. It can be made by our bodies when exposed to the sun, but also found in some foods as well as supplements.