Not getting enough vitamin D could trigger high blood pressure later in life according to new research part funded by the British Heart Foundation.
Researchers examined data from over 146,500 people from 35 different studies to assess whether or not there was a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and hypertension.
The findings showed people with higher levels of vitamin D in their body had a lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure and were 8% less likely to develop high blood pressure.
The study suggests taking vitamin D supplements could be an effective way of reducing a person’s risk of developing hypertension subject to further investigation.
This large study brings to light another potential cause of high blood pressure, which is an impressive progression in the medical field
Thembi Nkala, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “This large study brings to light another potential cause of high blood pressure, which is an impressive progression in the medical field. More studies are necessary though to better understand and confirm this link between low vitamin D levels and high blood pressure.
“There are lots of simple ways to manage your blood pressure levels including cutting down on salt, keeping physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, keeping alcohol within recommended limits and avoiding stressors where possible.
“Medication will also be prescribed where necessary, otherwise keeping up with a heart healthy lifestyle is always key. If you are over 40 and have not had a health check why not visit your GP surgery and request one.”