Metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
In a recent study, researchers found that a combination of vitamin D and estrogen can help prevent metabolic syndrome in older women.
The study is published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
Previous research has shown that vitamin D and estrogen could help improve bone health in women.
This study shows a health benefit of the combo.
In the study, the team tested 616 postmenopausal women aged 49 to 86 years who were not taking estrogen and vitamin D/calcium supplements at the beginning of the study.
They found that higher vitamin D was linked to healthier blood pressure and blood sugar level.
In addition, estradiol was linked to low cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.
These findings show that vitamin D and estradiol deficiency may play a role in metabolic syndrome in older women.
metabolic syndrome is a major public health concern, affecting 30% to 60% of postmenopausal women worldwide.
The progression of metabolic syndrome can increase strongly as women get older and it is linked to estrogen loss in postmenopausal women.
Some studies recommend estradiol treatment for women who are fewer than 6 years postmenopausal as a way of preventing heart disease.
Vitamin D has been linked to several risk factors of metabolic syndrome, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Supplementation with vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.
The team hopes their findings could help women protect their metabolic health more effectively.
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