Saturday, September 1, 2012

“Startling” Findings Reported in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Taking Vitamin D supplements May Not Improve Heart Health

To which I reply  “No kidding.”

For over 30 years, I have worked closely with patients who have metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic Syndrome is a compilation of illnesses that occur in a “package”… including some or all of the following: midline adiposity, hypertension, elevated cholesterol (LDL), low HDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar.  At the root of metabolic syndrome is an imbalance of the fat gain hormone; insulin.
 For fifteen of those thirty years, I meticulously collected lab data on over 6000 patients whom I worked with regarding medical nutrition.  It has been many years since I realized the direct relationship between uncontrolled metabolic syndrome and low levels of Vitamin D.  Just as there is a causal relationship between insulin imbalance and metabolic syndrome, there is a direct relationship between uncontrolled metabolic syndrome (insulin imbalance) and Vitamin D deficiency.
 I also found the following to be true: 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. 
It’s like taking a statin, an antihypertensive medication and an oral hypoglycemic agent to artificially “normalize”cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar and thinking the medication will fix the underlying problem.Unfortunately, this is not the case.Stop the medication and cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar rebound right back to elevated levels.The medications are not cures, they are Band-Aids.
Unless a person gets to the root of the underlying health problem and cuts out the “root”…the weed will continue to proliferate.  And so it goes with insulin imbalance and high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, midline fat, and now….low Vitamin D.
I am sure of the following:  When patients control their metabolic syndrome…...not by band-aiding their cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. with medications but through lifestyle changes that enable  them to normalize their labwork from within….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.  The real truth is: Normalizing insulin and thereby normalizing metabolic syndrome 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?
 I may not have a research study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism but I have worked in the laboratory of the “real world” for over 30 years with thousands of real people who have real diseases and need real answers.  Let’s be straight with them. 
Believe me when I tell you, most people don’t know what end is up with the flip flopping on issues that comes from major statements and pronouncements that come from medical associations  and research studies that are retracted a very short time later….
It’s time to get back to the basics of wellness and disease prevention and treat from within instead of adding Band-Aids on the outside.

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