Low Vitamin D Leads to a Fat Stomach, High Blood Sugar & Low HDL

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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University of Minnesota researchers followed 4,727 young men and women for 20 years, analyzing their vitamin D intake from diet and supplements and their risk for developing the metabolic syndromeMetabolic syndrome indicates a higher risk for heart disease, heart failure, and diabetes. It is diagnosed when a person has three or more of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and high fasting blood sugar..  Those with the lowest intake of vitamin D were far more likely to be overweight, have elevated blood sugar, and lower levels of the protective HDL cholesterol High-density lipoprotein that is one of five lipoproteins that enable cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the bloodstream to the liver and to the adrenals, ovaries, or testes for the production of steroid hormones.

Vitamin D supplementation is a good idea for everyone at every age, especially for those living in the northern half of the U.S. who get little from the sun many months out of the year.  While the precise mechanism of vitamin D activity within white adipose tissue is not fully understood, there is no question that this fatty tissue loves this fat-soluble nutrient.  And some research suggests that by vitamin D helping your bones, it may help the production of osteocalcin Hormone secreted by osteoblasts for the bone formation process. It is also involved with pancreatic and insulin function and adiponectin secretion., which enters your circulation and goes to your white adipose tissue where it helps improve blood sugar metabolism.  So, think twice before slobbering sunscreen all over your body.

I have written a number of articles on this topic, all of which point out science that supports the principle that adequate vitamin D is essential for metabolic and cardiovascular health.

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