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Early Vitamin D Deficiency May Lead to Cardiac Complications During Adulthood

Failing to get the recommended amount of vitamin D during childhood may increase the risk for cardiac problems later in life, The New York Times’ Well blog reports. A long-term study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism looked at over 2,000 children aged 3 to 18, measuring vitamin D levels, lipid levels and blood pressure, and performing an ultrasound to examine arteries. Researchers assessed the participants up to age 45, concluding that those in the lowest 25 percent were twice as likely to experience hardening in the carotid artery compared to the rest of the participants.

Read the article published by the New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.