African American fibro patients and African Americans in general may benefit from taking vitamin D supplements to lower their blood pressure. Overall, African Americans have higher rates of hypertension than other groups as well as higher rates of vitamin D deficiency.
A new study shows improved systolic blood pressure numbers among the solely black study participants who took vitamin D, though more tests are needed to determine if and how vitamin D lowers blood pressure among African Americans. Systolic is the top number in a blood pressure reading. This is the first largely controlled study of black patients, with John P. Forman, M.D., M.Sc., serving as lead author of the study. He is the Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Renal Division and Kidney Clinical Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Also, always speak to you doctor about starting any new supplements, no matter what your race/background. Excessive vitamin D can cause serious problems and even death.
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