Please fill in your e-mail address to be included in our newsletter.
You may opt out at any time.

close this box

cheap viagra at lowest price

Low Vitamin D Increases Teens’ Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Teens who have low levels of vitamin D are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Researchers looked at data involving nearly 4-thousand teens aged 12 to 19 enrolled in National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys from 2001 to 2004. They found that 25 percent of the teens with the lowest vitamin D levels had a fourfold greater risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of risk factors for diabetes.

The results also showed those same teens have over a twice-greater risk of both high blood sugar and high blood pressure.

The lead researcher, Dr. Jared P. Reis says the findings suggest that vitamin D supplements would be helpful. But he warns that is remains to be proven whether this would reduce diabetes and heart disease risk.

“We believe clinical trials designed to determine the effects of vitamin D supplementation on heart disease risk factors in adolescents should be conducted before recommendations can be made for vitamin D in the prevention of cardiovascular disease,” Reis says in a news release.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a daily intake of 400 IU. But some experts say children and teens need more than 1,000 IJ of vitamin day every day.

“We are just now starting to understand the role that vitamin D may play in cardiovascular health,” Reis says.

Related Posts on

Share this post:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • Google
  • Digg
  • LinkedIn
Email This Post
Print This Post

What Do You Think? Leave Us Your Comment.