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Reduced premenopausal vitamin D levels predict hypertension.

The American Heart Association's 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference was the site of a presentation concerning the finding that low vitamin D levels prior to menopause are associated with an increased risk of elevated systolic blood pressure 15 years later.*

For their research, Flojaune C. Griffin, MPH, and colleagues evaluated data from 559 women enrolled in the Michigan Bone Health and Metabolism Study. While just 6% of the participants had systolic hypertension at the beginning of the study, 19% had been diagnosed by 2007 and an additional 6% had undiagnosed systolic hypertension. Women who had deficient levels of vitamin D in 1993 had a three times greater risk of developing systolic hypertension by 2007 than women with normal levels.

"This study differs from others because we are looking over the course of 15 years, a longer follow-up than many studies," stated Griffin.



* American Heart Association's 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference.

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:Dye, Dayna
Publication:Life Extension
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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