Increasing intake of vitamin D could help decrease risk for hypertension, according to the world’s largest study examining causal association between the two.
“Our study strongly suggests that some cases of cardiovascular disease could be prevented through vitamin D supplements or food fortification”, says Dr. Karani S of the Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK presented the data to the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) this week.
For every 10% increase in vitamin D concentrations, there was a 8.1% decrease in the risk of developing hypertension. “We now intend to continue this work by examining the causal relationship between vitamin D status and other cardiovascular disease-related outcomes,” Karani said.
The research took place in the US and Europe, involving 35 separate studies and over 155,000 subjects. Scientists have previously suspected a link between vitamin D deficiency and hypertension, but until now, this had yet to be scientifically proven. “The whole picture was somewhat confused, and we decided to try to figure it out once and for all,” Dr. Vimal Karani S of the Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK told the European Society of Human Genetics.
For more information on the study’s methods and conclusions, see the source of this story’s information from the European Society of Human Genetics.