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Lack of vitamin D 'can increase stroke risk'

Lack of vitamin D 'can increase stroke risk'
15th November 2010

Low levels of vitamin D can double the risk of strokes occurring in Caucasians, a new study shows.

Researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, observed more than initially healthy men and women, both Caucasian and African American.

Despite the African American patients typically having lower levels of vitamin D, the Caucasian patients were far more likely to experience a stroke as a result of deficiency of this particular nutrient.

Study leader Dr Erin Michos said that these results highlight the importance of vitamin D to Caucasians.

She went on to explain that vitamin D can be maintained at a healthy level by consuming plenty of dairy products, as well as fish such as salmon and tuna. Also, brief exposure to sunlight can promote vitamin D generation in the body.

According to the Stroke Association, one person in the UK experiences a stroke every five minutes, equating to around 150,000 cases each year.

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