High vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol in children

To examine the associations and interactions of 25(OH)D and related gene variants with lipids in children.

Vitamin D containing foods, top view
Vitamin D containing foods, top view Image: Shutterstock

A new study by the University of Eastern Finland found that there is a connection between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels in elementary school children.

Children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels surpassed 80 nmol/l had brought down plasma aggregate and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels than kids whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were underneath 50 nmol/l, which is frequently viewed as an edge an incentive for vitamin D adequacy. 25-hydroxyvitamin D is the major circling type of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is known to be fundamental for bone metabolism, and low serum 25(OH)D levels increment the danger of rickets, osteomalacia, and osteopenia. Vitamin D may likewise enhance plasma lipid levels and have a useful effect on other hazard elements of cardiovascular infections. Be that as it may, prove on these other wellbeing impacts of vitamin D is still rare and in part clashing, and subsequently not an adequate reason for giving suggestions.

The researchers found that the link between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels was independent of body adiposity, dietary factors, physical activity, parental education, and daylength prior to blood sampling.

The study suggests the importance of following recommendations for vitamin D intake, which vary from country to country. The most vital dietary wellsprings of vitamin D are vitamin D braced items, for example, dairy items and spreads, and fish. Notwithstanding the dietary intake, vitamin D supplement use is additionally prescribed for the all-inclusive community in a few nations.

The study was part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study, which is a lifestyle intervention study in the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland. A total of 512 children aged 6 to 8 years participated in the baseline measurements in 2007–2009, constituting a representative sample of their age group. The PANIC Study produces scientifically valuable information on children’s lifestyles, health, and well-being.

The findings were reported in one of the leading journals of endocrinology, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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