According to a pilot study at Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressures and improved moods in women who are suffering from type 2 diabetes and who are showing symptoms of depression. In addition, vitamin D also helped the women lose a few pounds. According to Sue M. Penckofer, PhD, RN, lead author of the study and a professor in the Niehoff School of Nursing, vitamin D supplementation is perhaps the most cost-effective and least harmful therapy for these women. However, larger, randomized controlled trials are needed to determine the impact of vitamin D supplementation on depression and major cardiovascular risk factors among women with Type 2 diabetes.
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