Hypertension and nephrology

[Pleiotropic effects of vitamin-D mainly related to the cardiovascular system]


NOVEMBER 20, 2010

Hypertension and nephrology - 2010;14(06)

[Hypovitaminosis D has emerged as a risk factor for multiple adverse outcomes, including cardiovascular and cancer related morbidity and mortality. Observational studies along with laboratory investigations have lead to the discovery of the pleiotropic effects of vitamin D which affect a variety of physiologic processes such as blood pressure regulation, cell proliferation or the modulation of inflammation, and may account for the many negative clinical outcomes associated with hypovitaminosis D. Our article reviews studies that describe the incidence and prevalence of hypovitaminosis D, and the various adverse outcomes that low serum vitamin D has been linked with. This review will provide the reader with a better understanding of why vitamin D is currently regarded as a very promising area of research to try and lower adverse outcomes in a variety of patient groups and in the general population, with the main emphasis on patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Most of our discussion on the harmful effects of hypovitaminosis D will concentrate on conditions related to cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality due to the significance of these in patients with CKD, with less mention of other deleterious effects related to low vitamin D levels such as malignancies.]



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