Vitamin D and menopause

Researchers at the Carlos III Institute of Health in Spain revealed surprising statistics regarding vitamin D deficiency in peri-menopausal and menopausal women.

“Biological and physiological changes in women caused by the menopause come with a greater risk of developing health problems in which diet plays an important role,” explained Marina Pollán, lead author of the study. “These include diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.”

Of the 3,574 peri- to post-menopausal Spanish women who were studied, 29 percent were obese and 42 percent were overweight. Most of their caloric intake was from carbohydrates, followed by fats and then proteins. None of the study groups came within 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D.

The researchers suggest that post-menopausal women eat a diet that is high in vegetables, nuts and carbohydrate-rich foods with less fat and protein to help reach their RDA of vitamin D and other essential nutrients.

Peri- and post-menopausal women may also want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement, like those available at Dr. Newton’s Naturals. Taking Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual D-3, in addition to a healthy diet, can help women get the vitamin D they need.

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