Vitamin D May Improve Lipid Profiles of Diabetics
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in a number of our bodies’ functions. A recent study suggests that vitamin D supplementation may improve blood levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) in people with diabetes.
For their analysis, researchers examined data from 17 parallel-group randomized controlled trials that compared vitamin D supplementation with a placebo. All of the participants in the studies were diabetic and all types of vitamin D were included. The original pool of possible studies included 2,220 articles.
In total, the 17 studies had 1,365 participants. Three studies used fortified vitamin D and the other 14 used vitamin D supplementation. After examining the data, the researchers found that vitamin D significantly reduced total cholesterol, reduced blood levels of triglycerides, and reduced LDL cholesterol. However, it was not associated with changes in HDL cholesterol blood levels. In fact, most of the studies found that the control groups had better HDL cholesterol levels than the intervention groups.
Researchers from Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted the study. It was published in the December 2016 issue of Clinical Nutrition.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age-related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.