By Kathleen Blanchard RN for EmaxHealth.com
Researchers have found more evidence that low levels of vitamin D may be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes; especially among diverse ethnic groups. The newest study doesn’t prove vitamin D levels that are low lead to diabetes, but researchers did find an association between lower levels of the hormone and metabolic syndrome that is a risk factor for the disease.
Lower levels of vitamin D associated with metabolic syndrome
The findings, presented at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, showed people with low vitamin D levels are more prone to metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions that lead to chronic diseases like diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome includes several risk factors that not only increase your risk for diabetes, but also heart disease and stroke. According to the National Institutes of Health, the most important risks for metabolic syndrome are central obesity (increased waist size) and insulin resistance.
High blood pressure – greater than 130/85 and for men, waist circumference greater than 40 inches and 35 inches for women – high triglyceride levels, low HDL or good cholesterol level and fasting blood sugar greater than 100mg/dL mean metabolic syndrome is present.
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