- FoodConsumer.com -
It is no news that black Americans are more likely to die from cardiovascular events compared to whites. A study in the Jan 11, 2010 issue of the journal Annals of Family Medicine suggests what makes the difference is vitamin D deficiency.
The study of 15,000 American adults led by Kevin Fiscella of University of Rochester Medical Center and colleagues found vitamin D deficiency was linked with higher risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease.
Black people are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency largely because their dark skin pigment prevents the skin from producing vitamin D, which has been found essential in numerous physiological functions.
Early studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to many diseases including up to 17 types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease among others, according to Dr. John Cannell, one of most knowledgeable vitamin D experts in the world and founder of a non-profi organization called Vitamin D Council.
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