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Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency And High Blood Pressure Found

June 25, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Australian scientists using “Mendelian randomization” techniques to analyze data from 146,500 people of European ancestry have found that vitamin D deficiency seems to actually actually cause high blood pressure. The finding adds weight to the hypothesis that many cases of hypertension can be alleviated simply through vitamin D supplementation. The researchers said randomized controlled clinical trials are needed to confirm the causality link and the potential clinical benefits of vitamin D supplementation. So far, results of clinical trials have been inconclusive.
Karani S Vimaleswaran et al., "Association of vitamin D status with arterial blood pressure and hypertension risk: a Mendelian randomization study. ", The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, June 25, 2014, © Vimaleswaran et al.
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