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Vitamin D May Help Lower Triglyceride Levels in Women

High triglyceride levels are associated with a higher risk of developing heart disease. A recent study suggests that taking vitamin D supplements may help lower triglyceride levels in post-menopausal women with type-2 diabetes.

Participants in the study included 99 women with type-2 diabetes who took either 4,000 IU of vitamin D or a placebo daily for six months. At the conclusion of the study, the supplement group had higher blood levels of vitamin D and also lower levels of triglycerides, when compared with the placebo group.

While there were no changes in cholesterol levels, the researchers did note a non-significant association between vitamin D supplementation and HDL (or “good cholesterol”) levels.

Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 13, 2014, in 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.

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