Vitamin D Lack, Blacks’ Heart Risk Linked

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Posted on 6th January 2010 by admin in Health Alerts


Low levels of vitamin D in African-Americans may be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Kevin Fiscella of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Peter Franks of the University of California, Davis, showed the higher cardiovascular risk observed among blacks may be partly related to lower vitamin D levels. The researchers point out blacks have lower vitamin D levels because of lower absorption of vitamin D due to darker skin, lower dietary intake and decreased sun exposure.

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