1133 GMT August 20, 2019
High blood pressure is a deadly condition that affects more than 25 percent of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs, express.co.uk wrote.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as it raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes. But you could lower your risk of developing hypertension by regularly taking vitamin D, it’s been claimed.
Vitamin D deficiency could be linked to high blood pressure, warned health app Lifesum’s in-house dietitian, Kajsa Ernestam.
People with higher levels of vitamin D are more likely to have a lower blood pressure, she said.
You can avoid a vitamin D deficiency by regularly taking supplements, or by adding more vitamin D-rich foods to your diet.
“A lot of things we consume has an effect on our blood pressure, so it is vital to change your diet if you are suffering from high blood pressure,” said Ernestam.
“High blood pressure can often go unnoticed for several years, so it is important that you check your values if you are concerned as if it goes untreated it can damages arteries, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
“A sign that you may be deficient in vitamin D is if you have high blood pressure.
“Research has shown that those with higher levels of vitamin D tend to have lower blood pressure.
“It can be difficult to obtain vitamin D via food, but a good source would be fatty fish [such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel] and enriched vitamin D dairy products.”
Vitamin D is also needed to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, said the UK National Health System.
Everyone that’s older than a year old needs around 10mcg of vitamin D in a single day.
Between the end of September and early March, it’s recommended that you take a vitamin D supplement, as you may not be able to make enough vitamin D from sunlight.
High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because many people may have it without even realizing.
Signs of hypertension only show themselves if you have extremely high blood pressure.
In that case, high blood pressure symptoms can include nosebleeds, persistent headaches, and finding blood in your urine.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.