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:
- increased waist circumference
- increased triglycerides
- reduced HDL cholesterol
- increased blood pressure
- 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.