Low Vitamin D increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome
Low or deficient levels of Vitamin D may increase the risk of
metabolic syndrome by 52% according to a new study. The study of 3,262
Chinese people aged between 50 to 70 showed that 94% were vitamin D
deficient or insufficient, and 42% of these people also had metabolic
syndrome. “Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a condition that is causing
a large burden of disease across the globe with particular deleterious
impact among the elderly,” said researcher Dr Oscar Franco from Warwick
Medical School in England.
While the study was conducted in elderly Chinese people, Dr
Franco said the results are consistent with the findings of other
studies in Western populations, and he suggested vitamin D deficiency
could become a global health problem. “Our results are consistent with
those found in British and American populations. We found that low
Vitamin D levels were associated with an increased risk of having
metabolic syndrome, and was also significantly associated with
increased insulin resistance,” he said. Metabolic syndrome is a
condition characterised by obesity, high blood pressure, elevated blood
sugar, insulin resistance, and elevated cholesterol and triglycerides.
The syndrome has been linked to increased risks of both type-2 diabetes
and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
In the study those with the lowest average 25(OH)D levels
(28.7 nmol/l) were 52% more likely to have metabolic syndrome
than people with the highest average noted Franco and his co-workers.
“Vitamin D deficiency is now recognised as a worldwide concern and
metabolic syndrome has become a global epidemic. More research is
needed to find out why older people are more likely to have lower
levels of Vitamin D and how this is linked to the development of
metabolic syndrome and related metabolic diseases,” said Dr Franco. The
study is published online ahead of print in the journal Diabetes