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In adolescents, the relationship between vitamin D status and cardiovascular health may vary by race

Posted on: December 26, 2014   by  Will Hunter

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The role of vitamin D in the health of the cardiovascular system has not been fully clarified, especially in adolescents.

There is some evidence to show that the atherosclerotic process begins in youth, with signs of elevated blood pressure, decreased endothelial elasticity and increased arterial stiffness appearing in adolescence. Endothelial elasticity refers to the ability of the thin layer of cells that line the body’s blood vessels to respond to being stretched.

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