Sep 09 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Published by at 1:29 pm under General

Vitamin D deficiency linked to metabolic syndrome.*
Adding Vitamin D to your body can act as a defense against microbiome disruption and metabolic syndrome, research shows.1*

Metabolic syndrome affects nearly one quarter of the world’s adult population and this is why health professionals are concerned and scientists and researchers are working to discover underlying causes and contributing factors that go beyond diet and physical activity.1*

The term metabolic syndrome, comes from a group of risk factors that result in the development of heart disease and diabetes. Characteristic symptoms include excess weight around the waistline, and at least two of the following three conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.  Sufferers of metabolic syndrome also usually have excessive fat in the liver. Metabolic syndrome is dangerous for one’s health, as the combination of these symptoms put us on a spiraling path of chronic health issues.1*

Researcher Professor Stephen Pandol, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the United States collaborated with Yuanan-Ping Hans and his research group at Sichuan University in China to look at the connection between Vitamin D deficiency and metabolic syndrome in mice. Their theory was that while a diet high in fat and a sedentary lifestyle were definite risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, they suspected that there was an additional missing piece and found it. “…The main cause of metabolic syndrome appears to be a diet high in fat or carbohydrate. However, observational studies have also linked metabolic syndrome to vitamin D deficiency, which affects 30-60% of the world’s population…”1*

These researchers were able to conclude that “…Vitamin D deficiency is necessary for this syndrome to progress in mice with underlying disturbances in gut bacteria…”1*

Additionally, “…they have shown that a high fat diet affects the balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. This induces modest fatty liver and slightly raises blood sugar levels in mice. Remarkably, an insufficient supply of vitamin D aggravates the imbalance in gut flora, contributing to full-scale fatty liver and metabolic syndrome…”1*

According to the study, Vitamin D deficiency decreases the production of antimicrobial molecules called defensins, which are essential to maintaining a healthy gut. When synthetic defensins were administered orally, it brought the gut bacteria back in balance, decreased blood sugar levels and improved fattly liver. With Vitamin D supplementation, metabolic syndrome improved in the mice. 1*

Hans, remains optimistic that the results of this study can be confirmed in humans. “…”We are planning a clinical study to confirm the link of vitamin D deficiency with gut bacteria disruptions and its association with metabolic syndrome.”…”1*

So why are so many people deficient in Vitamin D?

  • In our efforts to avoid the aging effects from sun exposure, people are avoiding the sun more than before with sunscreen, protective clothing, tinted glass and staying indoors. While too much sun exposure is not good as it can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, we need approximately 15 to 20 minutes of direct sun exposure with at least 40% of our skin exposed daily to get Vitamin D from the sun.  “…It’s the UV (ultraviolet) light in sunlight that causes your skin to make vitamin D…”(2,3)*
  • Those in northern most climates, during the winter, tend to get less sun exposure.2*
  • Darker skinned people tend to be more Vitamin D deficient as the high levels of melatonin keep the body from absorbing Vitamin D from the sun.2*
  • For African Americans living in Northern regions, it can be especially hard to get Vitamin D through sun exposure. 2*
  • Keeping vitamin D levels high is important so if you can’t get it through sun exposure, than we must get it through diet or supplementation.1*

There are other reasons we need vitamin D in our diet:

  • It helps with calcium absorption and healthy bone growth. 2*
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various cancers, including breast, colon, prostate.2*
  • Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to weight gain and even depression.2*
  • Vitamin D helps regulate the neuromuscular system as well as the immune system.2*
  • It plays a major part in the life cycle of human cells. 2*
  • It blocks the release of parathyroid hormone which reabsorbs bone tissue, causing bones to get thin and brittle.3*

Continue to keep your gut healthy and steer clear of the dangerous path of metabolic syndrome by eating  a proper diet, exercising regularly and taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. And be sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.

Healthiest wishes,





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