Vitamin D Deficiency and CVD Risk
Up to 75% of American adults and teenagers are affected by Vitamin D deficiency
Doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke
Increases the risk of developing high blood pressure and blood vessel inflammation
Doubles the risk of diabetes
Increases cognitive impairment in older adults
Increases risk for cancer
What are the common risk factors for having vitamin D deficiency?
Very little exposure to the sun
Having dark skin
Being elderly (Older skin doesn’t make Vitamin D from sunlight as well as younger skin.
Being overweight or obese
Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D
Your digestive tract cannot properly absorb the vitamin D (Crohn's disease, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis)
You are following a vegan diet without proper supplementation
Overuse of sunblock