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Vitamin D reduces blood pressure and relieves depression in women with diabetes

June 27, 2013

Women are considered at increased risk if they already have high blood pressure, are obese, 35 or older, African-American, carrying multiples, have a family history of the condition, or who, like Kim, are pregnant with their first child. Doctors may diagnose preeclampsia if a woman has high blood pressure and increased protein in her urine, which occurs because of stress on the kidneys. Other signs include headaches, vision problems, sudden weight gain, and swelling of the hands and face. PHOTOS: KIM KARDASHIAN’S WILD MATERNITY STYLE Because preeclampsia can affect all the organs of the body, as well as the placenta that surrounds the baby, it requires close monitoring. In severe cases, it can lead to seizures, known as eclampsia. The only way to cure preeclampsia is to deliver the baby.

The study was presented at the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions in Chicago. “Vitamin D supplementation potentially is an easy and cost-effective therapy, with minimal side effects,” said Sue M. Penckofer, PhD, RN, lead author of the study and a professor in the Niehoff School of Nursing. “Larger, randomized controlled trials are needed to determine the impact of vitamin D supplementation probiotics supplement on depression and major cardiovascular risk factors among women with Type 2 diabetes .” Penckofer recently received a four-year, $1.49 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health to do such a study. Penckofer and her Loyola co-investigators plan to enroll 180 women who have type 2 diabetes, symptoms of depression and insufficient levels of vitamin D. Women will be randomly assigned to receive either a weekly vitamin D supplementation (50,000 International Units) or a matching weekly placebo for six months.


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