|PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE AND VITAMIN D|
Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels and the Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Results from NHANES 2001 to 2004," Melamed ML, Raggi P, et al, Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 2008 Apr 16
This study involved 4,839 participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2004). Those with low blood levels of vitamin D were found to have a higher incidence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), potentially dangerous blockages in the leg arteries. In fact there was more than double the incidence of PAD among those with the lowest levels of vitamin D compared to those with the highest levels.
You may not be that familiar with PAD. It doesn't get the press that coronary artery disease does. This does not mean that it is ok to ignore it. Or possible easy means to prevent it. PAD is a disease in which fatty deposits restrict blood flow to your arms and legs. Commonly, it most often reduces blood flow to the legs, causing numbness, pain, and problems with walking.
Instead of taking drugs for this condition you may be able to prevent it by getting the correct Vitamin D test-serum hydroxy Vitamin D-to determine if your levels are optimal. If they aren't, it may make sense to supplement with Vitamin D under the care of a trained nutritional professional.
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