Researchers studying the effects of low Vitamin D have found a correlation between low levels of the vitamin and increased risk of stroke and heart attacks. The study focused on 2,148 subjects enrolled in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study aged 3-18 years at the onset of the study. Childhood levels of vitamin D were measured from stored serum and compared those levels to intima thickness in the carotid arteries of these now adults. Carotid intimal thickness is a marker of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors. What they found was a thicker intima in the subjects in which had a low level of Vitamin D translating into a possible increased risk for their cardiovascular health.
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