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Vitamin D Can Significantly Lower Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

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  • Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is important for your heart and brain health, optimal immune function and general disease prevention
  • There’s also an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, both Type 1 (insulin-dependent diabetes) and Type 2
  • Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a cluster of factors, including low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, large waist circumference, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and/or insulin resistance
  • In a recent study, nearly 58 percent of postmenopausal women with insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels had metabolic syndrome, prompting researchers to recommend vitamin D supplementation to lower incidence of the condition
  • Researchers have also linked regular consumption of the artificial sweetener sucralose with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, noting sucralose consumption dramatically increases glucose uptake, inflammation and adipogenesis

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is important not just for your bones but also for heart and brain health, optimal immune function and general disease prevention. In fact, there’s an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, both Type 1 (insulin-dependent diabetes) and Type 2.


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