A new study finds that gestational hypertension/preeclampsia could be reduced with Vitamin D supplementation therapy.
Over 140 women with a history of preeclampsia participated in this study. Women with hypertension before their pregnancy, a history of pulmonary, renal or cardiac disease and Vitamin D levels above 25 ng/ml (optimal Vitamin D levels are considered to be between 40 – 60 ng/ml) were excluded from the trial. Vitamin D levels were taken at baseline. 70 of the participants (the intervention group) received a 50,000 IU Vitamin D supplement every two weeks. The remaining participants (the control group) received a placebo. The study lasted until the 36th week of pregnancy. The control group experienced a 1.94 times increase in the risk of developing preeclampsia when compared to the intervention group.
Preeclampsia is a form of high blood pressure (hypertension) related to pregnancy and is characterized by excess protein in the urine and high blood pressure. This condition is fairly easy to treat but can be very harmful to both the child and the mother and accounts for approximately 25% of all maternal deaths. Preeclampsia also increases the risk the baby will be born prematurely or small for their gestational age with increases the risk of infant mortality.
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