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Vitamin D Levels Inversely Associated With Hypertension – Study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Low levels of vitamin D were associated with high blood pressure among a large sample of the U.S. population, according to the results of a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Hypertension

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