A study has found that high vitamin D levels are linked to lower cholesterol levels in children.
According to the study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland, children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were more than 80 nmol/l had lower plasma total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels compared to children whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were less than 50 nmol/l
25-hydroxyvitamin D is the major circulating form of vitamin D. The researchers discovered that the connection between higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma cholesterol levels was not linked to body adiposity, dietary factors, physical activity, parental education, and day length prior to blood sampling.
These findings give importance to the directions which vary from country to country, regarding the intake of vitamin D. The findings were reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Another study had found that children who received higher levels of vitamin D as infants and during their childhood were at a significantly lesser risk of developing islet autoimmunity as well as Type 1 diabetes. The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes, looked for triggers and protective factors in 8,676 children who had a higer risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.
They identified islet autoimmunity in 376 children and compared them with 1,041 children who did not have it. The study proved that higher vitamin D levels during childhood are linked to a lesser risk of islet autoimmunity.