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Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease: A Novel Agent for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk?

[ Vol. 8 , Issue. 5 ]


Panagiotis Anagnostis, Vasilios G. Athyros, Fotini Adamidou, Matilda Florentin and Asterios Karagiannis   Pages 720 - 730 ( 11 )


Vitamin D deficiency is a well-established risk factor for bone disease. Emerging data suggest a pleiotropic role of this agent in a variety of functions in humans. Epidemiological studies indicate an inverse association between vitamin D deficiency and the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as individual cardiometabolic risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and the metabolic syndrome. Moreover, vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in the atherosclerotic process.

This review considers current data regarding the role of vitamin D deficiency in the development of CVD and addresses the effect of supplementation on cardiovascular outcomes.


Vitamin D, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome


Endocrinology Clinic, Hippokration Hospital, 49 Konstantinoupoleos Str., Thessaloniki, 54642, Greece.

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