Vitamin D reduces chances for metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of traits that include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, similar to those in pre-diabetes. A type of bacteria in the gut, H-pylori, may predict metabolic syndrome. In this study, doctors measured vitamin D levels in 2,113 men and women and tested for H-pylori infection.

Men and women with H-pylori were 50 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome as those without. Doctors also found those who were low in vitamin D, with levels below 20 nanograms per milliliter of blood, were 42 percent more likely to develop the syndrome. Participants who were both low in vitamin D and who had H-pylori were more than twice as likely (114 percent) to develop metabolic syndrome compared to men and women without H-pylori who had sufficient levels of vitamin D.

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