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More vitamin D, less inflammation

Doctors are beginning to create “inflammatory profiles,” that compare the ratio of inflammatory signs to anti-inflammatory signs, to give a clearer picture of a person’s chances for a healthy life. This is the first study to test the link between levels of vitamin D and inflammatory ratios.

In the study, researchers analyzed data from 957 older adults, most taking treatment for high blood pressure. Compared to those who were deficient, with no more than 10 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood (ng/mL), those with at least 30 ng/mL of vitamin D had lower levels of inflammation, and a much closer ratio of inflammatory signs to anti-inflammatory signs.

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