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Low Vitamin D Levels Lead to Metabolic Syndrome Even in Sunnier Climes

Researchers found blood levels of vitamin D are significantly reduced in patients with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a collection of disease risk factors that predispose people to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The study examined patients with metabolic syndrome living in Northern California, where the many hours of sunshine make their vitamin-D deficiency surprising. Nonetheless, 30 percent of subjects with metabolic syndrome were deficient in vitamin D.

Science Daily reports:

“Although most people in California are traditionally thought to receive adequate vitamin D through routine outdoor activity, this study indicates that this is not the case in Northern California ... Controversy exists surrounding optimum blood levels of vitamin D. Current government guidelines for sufficient blood levels of vitamin D as well as daily intake are based on those required for bone health and are much lower than what are now believed by many experts to help prevent cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

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