A deficiency of vitamin D from birth up till early childhood could increase the high blood pressure during later childhood as well as adolescence, suggests a new study.
The body needs vitamin D in order to absorb the calcium for developing strong bones. The natural source of vitamin D is sunlight while it can also be found in a couple of foods like salmon, eggs, etc. In fact, it’s also available in the form of vitamin D supplements.
For the study, researchers from the Boston Medical Center examined 775 kids from birth till they turned 18 years. Most of these kids came from low-income, urban region while 68 percent of them were African-American. Low levels of vitamin D were calculated as lower than 11 nanograms per millimetre in blood at the time of a child’s birth and lower than 25 nanograms per millimetre in blood at early childhood.
The findings showed that kids born with low vitamin D levels had roughly 60 percent elevated risk of high blood pressure between the age 6 and 18 years. On the other hand, those who had low vitamin D levels during early childhood had twice the risk of high blood pressure between the age 3 and 18 years.
According to lead author of the study, Guoying Wang, the study raises the possibility that the screening as well as treatment of low vitamin D levels using supplements during pregnancy & early childhood could be effective to lower elevated blood pressure later on in life.