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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Metabolic Syndrome In The Elderly

June 19, 2010: 02:21 AM EST
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms – high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood sugar – that increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dutch researchers have found that older adults, who commonly have inadequate levels of vitamin D, are at greater risk for metabolic syndrome. The study included 1,300 white men and women ages 65 and older, nearly 37 percent of whom had metabolic syndrome. Those whose vitamin D levels were lower than 50 nanomoles per liter – considered insufficient vitamin D – were likelier to have metabolic syndrome. Two risk factors were especially prevalent: low HDL, or "good" cholesterol, and a large waistline. The researchers suggested that investigating vitamin D and diabetes might lead to ”easy ways to prevent it and cardiovascular disease."
Marelise Eekhoff, MD, PhD, Mirjam Oosterwerff, MD, Paul Lips, MD, PhD, and Natasja Van Schoor, PhD,, "Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and the Metabolic Syndrome: A Population-Based Study", Presentation, the Endocrine society annual meeting (P1-168), June 19, 2010, © The Endocrine Society
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