Science Current Events | Science News | Brightsurf.com
 

Vitamin D May Lower Blood Pressure in African Americans

March 14, 2013

Boston - High blood pressure, a risk factor for heart attacks, heart failure and stroke, is 40 percent more common in African-Americans than in other American ethnic groups. In a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), along with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers show that vitamin D supplementation may help African-Americans lower their blood pressure. The study publishes online in the March 13, 2013 edition of the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

"This study may explain and help treat an important public health disparity," said the study's lead author, John Forman, MD, a physician in the Renal Division and Kidney Clinical Research Institute at BWH. "More research is needed, but these data may indicate that vitamin D supplementation lowers blood pressure in African-Americans."

To conduct the study, 250 African-American adult voluntary research participants were divided into four groups. Three of the groups received a three-month regimen of daily vitamin D supplementation at various doses that ranged between 1,000 and 4,000 units. The fourth group received a placebo. Participants in the placebo group saw their systolic blood pressure rise, but participants in the supplementation group had their systolic blood pressure decrease by one to four points, with those who received the highest dose benefiting the most. Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading; it measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats.

"The gains were modest, but significant," said Forman. "If further research supports our finding, widespread use of vitamin D supplementation in African-Americans could have significant public health benefits."

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, an American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award and Pharmavite LLC.

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Related Blood Pressure Current Events and Blood Pressure News Articles


Exposure to air pollution 30 years ago associated with increased risk of death
The new report comes from one of the world's longest running air pollution studies, which included 368,000 people in England and Wales followed over a 38 year period.

Newer pain management strategies can lead to quicker, shorter recovery after TKRs
According to a new literature review in the February issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), a team-based care approach (consisting of the patient, family members, the orthopaedic surgeon and other medical practitioners) on total knee replacement (TKR) procedures, in conjunction with newer pain management strategies, is key to maximizing patient outcomes.

Allergy shots effective for baby boomers suffering from seasonal allergies
Recent years have seen an increase in those suffering from allergies, including baby boomers. And because older people tend to have additional chronic diseases, diagnosis and management of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) can be a challenge.

Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism
An estimated 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism. The neurodevelopmental disorder, which impairs communication and social interaction skills, can be treated with medications and behavioral therapies, though there is no cure.

Study shows increased risk of early mortality in women with hypertensive disease
It has long been recognized that pregnancy puts considerable stress on the body and that there are specific conditions during pregnancy that will indicate lifelong health issues.

Study determines saliva gland test can spot early Parkinson's disease
Researchers from Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have determined that testing a portion of a person's submandibular gland may be a way to diagnose early Parkinson's disease.

Paper highlights best practices for omega-3 clinical trials with cardiovascular outcomes
A paper published this week in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids sheds new light on recent neutral studies questioning the benefits of omega-3s for heart health.

Community lifestyle intervention reduces cardiovascular disease risk in diabetes patients
It took just 16 two-hour classes on the basics of a healthy lifestyle to substantially reduce cardiovascular risks associated with type 2 diabetes and elevated fasting blood glucose levels for 110 patients, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Diabetes, heart disease, smoking increase risk of death for older adults with dementia
Dementia (a decline in memory and other mental abilities) is a serious condition, and its prognosis (the likely course of the disease) is marked by progressive loss of cognitive function and complications such as infections and falls.

Study shows minorities had lower risk of coronary heart disease than whites
In a study of more than 1.3 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California that stretched over 10 years, researchers found that blacks, Latinos and Asians generally had lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to whites.
More Blood Pressure Current Events and Blood Pressure News Articles

Blood Pressure Down: The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs

Blood Pressure Down: The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs
by Janet Bond Brill Ph.D. R.D. (Author)


For the nearly 78 million Americans with hypertension, a safe, effective lifestyle plan—incorporating the DASH diet principles and much more—for lowering blood pressure naturally

If you have high blood pressure, you're not alone: nearly a third of adult Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension, and another quarter are well on their way. Yet a whopping 56 percent of diagnosed patients do not have it under control. The good news? Hypertension is easily treatable (and preventable), and you can take action today to bring your blood pressure down in just four weeks—without the potential dangers and side effects of prescription medications. 

     In Blood Pressure Down, Janet Bond Brill distills what she's learned over decades of helping her patients lower...

Blood Pressure Solution: How to lower your Blood Pressure without medication using Natural Remedies (Natural Remedies, Blood Pressure, Hypertension)

Blood Pressure Solution: How to lower your Blood Pressure without medication using Natural Remedies (Natural Remedies, Blood Pressure, Hypertension)
by Jessica Robbins (Author)


DISCOVER: How to lower your BLOOD PRESSURE without medication using NATURAL REMEDIES Worried about your ever increasing Blood Pressure? Looking for ways to lower and maintain your blood pressure? Fed up of depending on medications to improve your health? Stressed out about contracting cardio vascular diseases or diabetes because of hypertension? Not sure how to reduce your stress levels and body weight in order to lower your blood pressure? Combining various natural remedies is the solution. Benefits of Using Natural Solutions like Herbal Remedies Medications are not the only solution for treating all health conditions. People have traditionally used many herbal remedies and other natural solutions to combat diseases and lead a healthy lifestyle. Hypertension or high Blood Pressure,...

25 Superfoods That Naturally Lower High Blood Pressure

25 Superfoods That Naturally Lower High Blood Pressure
by Zenibo Publishing


If you are looking for a healthier 2016 then we are sure that one of the aspects of good general health that you will be aware of is 'healthy blood pressure'.
But are you aware of the foods that you eat may have a detrimental effect on your blood pressure? Take control of your blood pressure NATURALLY in 2016 with this simple little book that will show you how.
High blood pressure is often referred to as 'the silent killer'. High blood pressure or hypertension affects millions of people all around the world. It can be as a result of lifestyle, genetic or happen for no apparent reason at all. The medical profession has to deal with high blood pressure issues on a daily basis doing their best to stop people from having a heart attack or stroke. Drugs are often prescribed to...

The High Blood Pressure Hoax

The High Blood Pressure Hoax
by Sherry A. Rogers (Author)


Blood pressure drugs guarantee you will get worse, for they actually deplete the nutrients that cause high blood pressure, making sure you will need even more medications. They also shrink the brain and raise your risk of heart attack, senility and blindness. High blood pressure is not a deficiency of blood pressure-lowering drugs. But there are dozens of ways you can permanently cure your high blood pressure without drugs. And since healthy blood vessels determine the longevity of every organ in the entire body, you need this book even if you don't have high blood pressure, for vascular health is key to total body health and longevity. First of all every single cell of your body depends on the health of your blood vessels that supply them. If you don't want to get Alzheimer's, then you...

The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure (The Square One Health Guides)

The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure (The Square One Health Guides)
by Jay S. Cohen (Author)


Written by health professionals who are well recognized in their respective fields, these concise, easy-to-read books focus on a wide range of important health concerns. From migraine headaches to high cholesterol, each title looks at a specific problem; each provides a clear explanation of the disorder, its causes, and its symptoms; and each offers natural solutions that can either greatly reduce or completely eliminate the problem. Some titles also focus on natural alternatives to drugs with serious side effects—alternatives that in many cases can be used in conjunction with prescription medications. This growing series of titles can be counted on to provide safe and sensible solutions to all-too-common health problems. 

Controlling High Blood Pressure the Natural Way

Controlling High Blood Pressure the Natural Way
by David Carroll (Author), Wahida S. Karmally (Author)


Of the countless ailments that rack the human machine,
high blood pressure is one of the easiest to prevent
and one of the most responsive to treatment.

Who gets high blood pressure? Should you panic if you or someone you love develops hypertension? How can you help yourself, even if you're in a high-risk group?

High blood pressure is commonly the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, and it can almost always be controlled--without debilitating medications--simply by eating the right foods, taking the proper herb and vitamin supplements, getting the correct types of exercise, and practicing such stress-reducing techniques as meditation, visualization, tai chi, and yoga. This book gives you a firm grip on all these tools. Start using them today to build yourself a healthy,...

Blood Pressure Box set: Blood Pressure Solution - How To Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies and Diet!

Blood Pressure Box set: Blood Pressure Solution - How To Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies and Diet!


Blood Pressure Box Set
Blood Pressure Solution – How To Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies and Diet!

When your blood pressure and cholesterol are at healthy levels, you feel great. However, one in three of us throughout the world will succumb to high blood pressure and cholesterol. Out of the people who do, not everyone will realize that these levels were high, until they are stricken down with a heart attack or stroke.

The sad fact is that high blood pressure and cholesterol are the number one killers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that an adult dies every 39 seconds from a heart attack or stroke. Half of those people had untreated high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or...

Blood Pressure: The Ultimate Blood Pressure Solution To Quickly Lower Your Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure: The Ultimate Blood Pressure Solution To Quickly Lower Your Blood Pressure


Learn How To Lower Your Blood Pressure Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible Using 100% Natural Methods

Let's just be real for a second...if you have high blood pressure, it can be scary from time to time, especially when your doctor tells you that you are now at a high risk for a heart attack. Sure, doctors can prescribe pills to help temporarily, but pills don't get to the root of the issue. The best way to lower your blood pressure is through natural methods, and we can help!

You CAN Lower Your Blood Pressure Using Natural Methods
"Blood Pressure: The Ultimate Blood Pressure Solution To Quickly Lower Your Blood Pressure" is a step by step book that will take you by the hand and show you exactly how to take control of your blood pressure so you don't...

The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol without Medication (A DASH Diet Book)

The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol without Medication (A DASH Diet Book)
by Marla Heller (Author)


The New York Times Bestseller--Based on the Diet Ranked "#1Best Diet Overall" by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT--for 4 Years in a Row!
Finally, the #1 ranked DASH diet is popularized and user-friendly. Unlike any diet before it, DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, came out of groundbreaking NIH-funded research. Now, Marla Heller, MS, RD, who was trained by one of the primary architects of the DASH diet and is herself the leading dietician putting DASH into action for over ten years, shares the secret to making the diet easy and accessible, in THE DASH DIET ACTION PLAN.

Rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts, DASH is grounded in healthy eating principles that lower blood pressure; reduce the...

Blood Pressure: Blood Pressure Solution - 8 Sure-fire Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies ... Pressure, Natural Remedies, Hypertension)

Blood Pressure: Blood Pressure Solution - 8 Sure-fire Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies ... Pressure, Natural Remedies, Hypertension)


Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure Solution - 8 Sure-fire Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies and Diet!

Learning that your blood pressure is higher than normal is scary for everyone. Scarier still are some of the medications that are prescribed in order to help lower high blood pressure. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies and dietary choices you can choose from that will help you lower your blood pressure and save you from life-threatening side effects.

The “Blood Pressure: Blood Pressure Solution - 8 Sure-fire Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Without Medication, Just By Using Natural Remedies and Diet!” guide will teach you everything you need to effectively lower...

© 2016 BrightSurf.com