Is your Child at Risk for Heart Disease: New Study links low Vitamin D levels to high blood pressure and cholesterol


Children today are not spending the time outdoors playing like they used to due to video games, computers, and safety concerns.  Not only this, when we do take them outside, we make sure they are covered in sunscreen.  The result is that many of our children are lacking the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D.   Two recent studies have been published that should cause us concern and move us into action.

Vitamin D deficiency is now linked to high blood pressure and high cholesterol in our young children.  Both of these are risk factors for heart disease later in life.

The new research suggests it may be beneficial to supplement with multivitamins containing vitamin D and having your child get 15 minutes of sunshine without sunscreen daily.

According to a post at CNNHealth.com

A whopping 70 percent of American kids aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and such youngsters tend to have higher blood pressure and lower levels of good cholesterol than their peers, according to two new studies published this week in the journal Pediatrics. Low vitamin D levels also may increase a child’s risk of developing heart disease later in life, experts say.

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