Scientists were already confident that Vitamin D and estrogen are extremely helpful in improving bone health in women. Now, a Chinese study has revealed that the same combination could also help in preventing a cluster of diseases, including cardiovascular problems, stroke, and diabetes in postmenopausal women.
The results have been published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.
What does the data say?
Data collected from all over the world suggests that at least 30% to 60% of postmenopausal women suffer from metabolic disorders. This is a result of abdominal obesity and heart diseases, which increased significantly in these women.
It is highly possible that oestrogen loss in old age is linked to these disorders. Therefore it does not come as a surprise that supplement of Vitamin D and oestrogen could prevent heart diseases at this age.
Furthermore, Vitamin D deficiency also marks the presence of several metabolic syndromes like obesity, hyperglycemia, type 2 Diabetes mellitus, and insulin resistance. Supplements of the vitamin can, therefore, reduce the risk of these disorders over some time.
How was the study conducted?
The study conducted by Chinese researchers on 616 postmenopausal women of the age 49-86 years revealed that there is a positive correlation between intake of Vitamin D and Estradiol with a fall in the levels of metabolic disorders.
Higher vitamin D blood levels are associated with decreased blood pressure, favorable lipids levels, and normal glucose levels. Additionally, adding Estradiol can reduce cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels in the blood.
Therefore a synergistic role is played by Vitamin D and Estradiol in the prevention of development of metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women.