Finland: high vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol

03 October 2018

New research has found a link between higher vitamin D levels and cholesterol levels in primary school children.

Children whose serum vitamin D levels exceeded 80nmol/L had lower plasma total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels than children whose vitamin D levels were below 50nmol/L, often regarded as a threshold value for vitamin D sufficiency.

The link was independent of body fat, diet, physical activity, education and day length prior to sampling. The study, carried out by the University of Eastern Finland, involved 512 children aged six to eight years, and the findings were reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Lifestyle factors such as healthy diet, physical activity and spending time outdoors, which lead to the production of vitamin D in the skin, may be linked to both higher serum vitamin D levels and lower plasma lipid levels.

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