Could your Vitamin D level be causing obesity or Metabolic Syndrome?
Could it be increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes? New research (Thomas, N et al.)has linked severe Vitamin D deficiency, to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. Dr Thomas and his team followed 1087 people for 7.7 years. They found that those people with adequate Vitamin D levels had a 66% reduction of their risk. Optimal vitamin D levels were also found to reduce the all-cause mortality rates by 75%.
People with Metabolic Syndrome have problems with blood sugar regulation. Interestingly Vitamin D is also known to affect blood sugar regulation and is involved in control of insulin resistance. A good treatment for type 2 diabetes could therefore involve replenishing Vitamin D deficiency. Furthermore Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an event known as the winter response. A 2009 study (Foss, Y.J) proposed that a fall in circulating vitamin D results in an accumulation of fat mass (obesity) and the induction of the winter response (metabolic syndrome).
On top of that a lack of vitamin D has been linked to a number of other health problems including cancer which is linked to inflammation. Adequate Vitamin D is believed to reduce excess inflammation and the overactive immune response.
Vitamin D levels have become a hot topic when it comes to preventing disease. So how do you ensure you are getting adequate vitamin d? In years gone by it was believed that getting adequate sunshine was enough to give you good vitamin D levels. People living in cold regions are less likely to be exposed to regular sunshine and are therefore believed to be particularly at risk. So too were the elderly who did not go outside the home a great deal.
Even with ample exposure to the sun, recent studies have found that vitamin D levels can be deficient. So we can therefore presume that other factors come into play, when it comes to the body producing adequate levels of the hormone, vitamin D.
Who is most at risk of vitamin D deficiency?
- The elderly
- Dark skinned individuals
- Those covered extensively by clothing or veils
- Healthy people who spend most of their time inside
- People with gut absorption problems
- Those with chronic renal and liver disease
- People taking some medications
- People with increased body fat.
A healthy diet should therefore include foods that increase Vitamin D. The best food sources of Vitamin D are fish especially salmon, tuna and mackerel and fish liver oils. Other good sources include beef liver, cheese, egg yolks and some mushrooms.
Before you start taking supplements of Vitamin D, you need to ensure that you are in fact deficient. Why – because excess vitamin D can itself be a health problem. So I recommend that you ask your health care practitioner to order blood tests for 25(OD)D3. A trained health care practitioner can also help you eradicate other problems that may be contributing to a low Vitamin D status, such as gut absorption problems.
To find out more about how you can enjoy health & wellness, a treatment for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, check out my book, How to Stop Metabolic Syndrome Naturally. Click here to find out more.Vitamin D Levels Predict All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Subjects with the Metabolic Syndrome: THE Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health (LURIC) Study. Diabetic Care, May 2012, Volume 34, Pages 1158-1164. Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of common obesity. Fass, YJ. Med Hypotheses. 2009; 72 (3):314-21.