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Physical activity, 25-(OH)D jointly influence atherosclerotic CVD risk

Physical activity, 25-(OH)D jointly influence atherosclerotic CVD risk
February 23, 2017

Addressing suboptimal levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, combined with efforts to increase physical activity, may lower the risk for developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in otherwise healthy adults, although the observed association was greater in white vs. black adults, according to findings from a cross-sectional, prospective study.

“Despite abundant evidence that [physical activity] and 25-(OH)D are each individually related to [CV] outcomes, their joint association with [atherosclerotic] CVD outcomes has been largely unexplored,” Erin D. Michos, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and associate director of preventive cardiology at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “As both 25-(OH)D and [physical activity] levels are potentially modifiable in individuals, this information might help refine future prevention strategies regarding [atherosclerotic] CVD risk.”

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