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Striking ethnic health disparity – blacks dying due to lack of vitamin D – Nov 2011

Vitamin D and Cardiovascular Disease: Potential Role in Health Disparities

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume 22, Number 4, November 2011, Supplement; E-ISSN: 1548-6869 Print ISSN: 1049-2089; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2011.0161
Jorge N. Artaza, Sandra Contreras, Leah A. Garcia, Rajnish Mehrotra, Gary Gibbons, Ralph Shohet, David Martins, Keith C. Norris
The Johns Hopkins University Press

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes coronary artery disease and stroke, is the leading cause of mortality in the nation.

Excess CVD morbidity and premature mortality in the African American community is one of the most striking examples of racial/ ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

African Americans also suffer from increased rates of hypovitaminosis D, which has emerged as an independent risk factor for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.

This overview examines the potential role of hypovitaminosis D as a contributor to racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD).

We review the epidemiology of vitamin D and CVD in African Americans and the emerging biological roles of vitamin D in key CVD signaling pathways that may contribute to the epidemiological findings and provide the foundation for future therapeutic strategies for reducing health disparities.

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The items in Cardiovascular and Dark Skin are listed here:

The health disparity for Blacks is almost the same as having a low level of vitamin D - see following table

Black Disparity 16 vs 26 ng/ml
breast cancer 1.34 1.26
colorectal cancer 1.43 1.44
cardiovascular disease1.29 1.27
all-cause mortality 1.26 1.26


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