Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Patient Care | 0 comments

Vitamin D Deficiency

Lack may increase risks

According to a new study, Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for metabolic syndrome* after menopause.

Researchers looked at 463 postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease who weren’t taking vitamin D supplements. More than two thirds of the women had vitamin D levels lower than 30, which was considered insufficient. Of these women, 58% had metabolic syndrome, compared with 40% of women with sufficient vitamin D. When the vitamin D level was below 20, the odds of metabolic syndrome were doubled.

This observational design can’t prove causation, and more studies are needed. But because metabolic syndrome is a major risk factor for CVD, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels in postmenopausal women may be an important preventive measure.

Charles Vega, MD, clinical professor of family medicine at the University of California at Irvine.

*Metabolic syndrome is a very common and dangerous complex of disorders noted primarily in overweight individuals who develop high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels.

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