New Study Looks to Lower Cardiac Complications in African Americans
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Washington University study looks for a way to lower the cardiac complications from diabetes in African Americans.
African Americans with diabetes are 36 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than diabetic Caucasians. Lead researcher Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi is testing whether high levels of vitamin D can slow the development of the cardiac problems in African Americans.
“So, this would be very important for this particular population to know, if Vitamin D will halt the progression of the disease,” says Mizrachi. “Then we will look into the Caucasians also, if that is the case.”
Mizrachi will follow about 90 local African Americans with diabetes. Half of them will receive the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D, and the other half will take a much higher dose.
He says that Vitamin D is inexpensive and because it has very few side effects, this could have a very big impact on public health.
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