Health Desk-- 9th June, 2018: A new research suggests that having vitamin D rich diet may help reduce the cholesterol levels in children and have beneficial impact on other risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases.
According to the study, children with vitamin D level of more than 80 nmol/l (nanomoles per litre) had lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol levels than those whose vitamin levels were below 50 nmol/l, which is often regarded as a threshold value for vitamin D sufficiency.
Aiming to conduct the study, the researchers from the University of Eastern Finland analysed data from nearly 500 children aged between six and eight years.
Researchers said that vitamin D is known to be essential for bone metabolism and its low serum levels increase the risk of rickets, osteomalacia and osteopenia.
The study published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.