Children with low Vitamin D level likely to suffer from heart disease later

A new study suggests that not allowing children to play in the daytime can lead to the low levels of Vitamin D in the body, which again is linked to the high risk of heart diseases later in life. Children loves to play outdoor; it is in their nature. However, some parents stop their kids playing outdoor games during the day time. In the study, it was found that Vitamin D deficient childhood was associated with subclinical atherosclerosis 25 years later in life. Sun is a major source of obtaining vitamin D in the body, thus lowering the risk of cardio diseases.

“Our results showed an association between low vitamin D levels in childhood and increased occurrence of subclinical atherosclerosis in adulthood,” said one of the authors Markus Juonala from the University of Turku Finland. “The association was independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors including serum lipids, blood pressure, smoking, diet, physical activity, obesity indices and socioeconomic status,” Juonala added.

For the study, researchers observed 2,148 children aged between 3-18 years. They were again examined at the age of 30-45 years. Researchers measured their levels of vitamin D from stored serum. Carotid IMT was also measured using ultrasound. 21.9 per cent children with low level of vitamin D suffered from heart diseases later in life against 12.7 per cent children with adequate vitamin D level in the body who suffered from cardio diseases.

However, the study doesn’t draw a sharp line between the same. Scientists say that more research needs to be conducted to confirm the findings and role of vitamin D. Nevertheless, the finding gives an insight towards the importance of vitamin D in childhood. So let your children enjoy their childhood and play under the Sun.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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