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Low vitamin D may boost metabolic syndrome risk

Posted on: July 2, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


We have reported on metabolic syndrome before. Some studies show that one-fourth of Americans have the metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of medical conditions that, when occurring together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some forms of arthritis. The American Heart Association says the metabolic syndrome consists of five conditions that occur simultaneously:

  1. increased waist circumference
  2. increased triglycerides
  3. reduced HDL cholesterol
  4. increased blood pressure
  5. increased blood sugar

Obesity, inactivity, and low fat diets (high carb) are mostly to blame, but now we have a study that shows low vitamin D levels affect your risk of getting the metabolic syndrome in the future.

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3 Responses to Low vitamin D may boost metabolic syndrome risk

  1. MaryT

    I am pre-diabetic and I would prefer to have my vitamin D levels within the highest range ( 50-100 (OH)D. Is my thinking flawed in any way?

  2. [email protected]

    Diabetes runs on both sides of my family. Therefore, I have made a decision to keep my d levels between 75 ng/ml and 100 ng/ml.

  3. John Cannell, MD

    Keeping levels in high normal ranges is perfectly safe (70-90 ng/ml), which require 10,000 IU/day or more depending on weight.


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