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Low Vitamin D may lead to heart disease

March 12, 2009 7:22:56 AM PDT
Mom always said to "drink your milk." And there's new evidence kids don't need it just for their bones.

A new study from the American Heart Association shows that teens with low levels of vitamin D may be headed for heart disease.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from 3, 500 students who took part in a national survey.

Those with vitamin D deficiencies had more than twice the rates of high blood pressure, and high blood sugar as those with higher vitamin D levels.

And they were more likely to be overweight, with excess pounds around the waist. They were 4 times more likely to have metabolic syndrome - a cluster of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The highest levels of Vitamin D were found in white children, while the lowest were in African American children.

The researchers say they aren't ready to recommend kids take supplements, but drinking more milk wouldn't hurt.

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