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By Joseph Hazan,M.D., FACOG


It is becoming evident that vitamin D deficiency

is extremely common in

conditions like diabetes, PCOS, obesity,

hypertension, heart disease, cancer,

Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and several

other disease entities.

The reason Vitamin D is vital has to do

with its role as a hormone precursor.

Overweight individuals are particularly

deficient in vitamin D levels.

This fat soluble vitamin tends to accumulate

 in the fat tissue where it is

useless. Additionally obese individuals,

due to their larger size require

higher intake of Vitamin D to maintain

adequate serum levels.

Hyperinsulinemia, hypertension, high levels

of C-reactive protein and

homocysteine which are all indicators of poor

cardiovascular condition

are shown to be coincident with low

vitamin D levels.

Studies have shown improved glucose

tolerance, better insulin sensitivity,

and lower risk of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Insulin resistance is a major

problem common to obesity, diabetes,

metabolic syndrome and PCOS.

This situation has been shown to improve

with increased vitamin D intake.

During pregnancy vitamin D deficiency

has been shown to increase the risk

of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

Therefore adequate intake of

vitamin D supplements are essential.

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