Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and High Blood Pressure

A new study of 452 children published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that higher Vitamin D levels were significantly associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions include central obesity, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and low good cholesterol levels.

In addition, obesity, central obesity, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome were all associated with an increased odds of having low Vitamin D levels.

The authors concluded that low Vitamin D levels in children are inversely related to total adiposity (fat %), metabolic syndrome, and hypertension (high blood pressure).

For more information on how naturopathic medicine can be used to treat metabolic syndrome as well as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol contact your local naturopathic doctor.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND

Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine , incorporating the latest scientific research into effective treatment plans for a wide variety of health concerns.

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