Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012….Taking Vitamin D supplements May Not Improve Heart Health. No Kidding.

Stunning findings revealed in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

"Taking Vitamin D supplements May Not Improve Heart Health"
To which I say...."No Kidding".


For over 30 years, I have worked with patients with metabolic syndrome. For the past 15 of those thirty years, I have collected data on over 6000 patients.  I have found the following to be true with my patients who present with metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, or type 2 diabetes.  Merely supplementing with Vitamin D to artificially “normalize” Vitamin D levels does nothing to improve heart health or improve CVD risk factors because…the underlying cause of the syndrome, insulin imbalance, is not corrected with Vitamin D.

Most of my patients with uncontrolled metabolic syndrome; having at least 4 of the following: elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, glucose intolerance, midline adiposity  had Vitamin D less than 40mg/dL.  I learned early on that there was a causative effect between uncontrolled metabolic syndrome and low Vitamin D.

For years now, I have seen the connection between uncontrolled metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes and low levels of Vitamin D.  I am also sure of the following:  When these patients manage to control their metabolic syndrome…...not by band-aiding their cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. with medications but through lifestyle change that enable  them to normalize their labwork….their Vitamin D levels automatically rise ...without supplementation.

I've deduced that normalizing Vitamin D levels "artificially"...through Vitamin D supplementation...does nothing to improve metabolic syndrome.  So, supplements of Vitamin D are not going to improve CVD risk factors.  But...normalizing insulin and thereby normalizing metabolic abnormalities that cause aberrations in lab results will normalize Vitamin D levels as well as improve cholesterol, midline adiposity, blood pressure, blood glucose and triglycerides.

It only makes sense.  Why would supplementing with Vitamin D help heart health and reduce CVD risk factors when the underlying and progressive metabolic syndrome remains intact?

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