Low Vitamin D Associated with Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Published: September 26, 2012
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In a 2004 study, subjects with low levels of vitamin D had almost 3 times the risk of metabolic syndrome. Thus, the researchers conclude that low vitamin D leads to insulin resistance and noted, "Now, we have one more reason to keep up vitamin D."1,2 This is supported by other research, where investigators noted, "Vitamin D deficiency may, therefore, be involved in the pathogenesis [cause] of both forms of diabetes.3" Vitamin D levels also tend to be low in diabetic children and vitamin D may even help to prevent the diabetes if given early.4

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1Chiu et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2004;79:820-825

2Liu .Dietary calcium, vitamin D, and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in middle-aged and older US Women. Diabetes Care, 2005;28(12):2926-2932)

3Mathieu et al. Vitamin D and diabetes. Diabetologia, 2005;48(7):1247-1257).

4Pozzilli P, Manfrini S, et al, “Low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D-3 and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D-3 in patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes,” Hormone and Metabolic Research, 2005; 37(11): 680-683.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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