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Vitamin D: Cardiovascular Effects and Beyond

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Juan Jorge Olivero ,

From Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, US
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M.D., FASN
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Peter T. Nguyen,

From Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, US
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Juan Jose Olivero

From Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, US
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M.D., FACP, FASN
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Abstract

The importance of vitamin Din mineral metabolism has been known for a long time. Deficiency of this compound can cause rickets in children and both osteomalacia and osteoporosis in adults, leading to increased risk of fracture.1 A significant number of pediatric and adult patients have vitamin D deficiency due to decreased sun exposure, reduced dietary intake, malabsorption, drug intake (anticonvulsants), and renal and hepatic disease.2

Recently, better understanding of the physiology of vitamin D and the discovery of new receptor sites in many organs/tissues have underscored vitamin D's multiple beneficial effects, including improved cardiovascular health.3 Moreover, studies have reported that correction of vitamin D deficiency has resulted in decreased risk of cancer and diabetes,4-6 improvement in the immune system,7 and improved muscle function.8 We summarize herein some of these observational studies.

How to Cite: 1. Olivero JJ, Nguyen PT, Olivero JJ. Vitamin D: Cardiovascular Effects and Beyond. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2008;4(3):21-25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcvj.134
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Published on 01 Jan 2008.
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