Could Low Vitamin D Put Postmenopausal Women At a Higher Risk of Metabolic Syndrome?

According to new data the onset of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) in postmenopausal women may be closely linked to Vitamin D deficiency.  Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) was seen in 58% of postmenopausal women with either deficient or insufficient levels of Vitamin D when compared with a 40% occurrence in women with adequate Vitamin D levels.

Over 450 women participated in this study.  Participants ages were between 45 and 75 years and all participants had stopped menstruating for at the minimum of 1 year prior to the beginning of the study.  Additionally none of the participants had experienced any type of Cardiovascular Disease at the baseline.  35% of the participants were Vitamin D deficient and 33% of the participants had insufficient levels of Vitamin D.  A Vitamin D deficiency is usually defined as blood levels below 50 nanomoles/liter (nmol/L) and an insufficient Vitamin D level is defined as a blood level between 50 – 75 nmol/L.

Blood levels of the participants Vitamin D levels were measured and compared to the analyzed Metabolic Syndrome parameters of the participants.  Researchers found the lower the blood level of Vitamin D the greater the occurrence of Metabolic Syndrome.  Additionally researchers found an inverse relationship between blood triglycerides and HDL levels, 2 individual components of Metabolic Syndrome and Vitamin D levels.

Metabolic Syndrome involves a group of conditions that increase a person’s risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes.    For the purposes of the study, participants meeting 3 of more of the criteria listed below were considered to have Metabolic Syndrome:

Waist circumference above 88 cm

High Blood Pressure (above 130/85 mmHG)

High Blood Sugar (fasting glucose levels over 100 mg/dl)

Abnormal triglycerides (above 150 mg/dl)

HDL below 50 mg/dl

Further studies are needed.

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Curcumin May Improve Cholesterol Levels for People with MetS

Curcumin and High CholesterolA new study showed daily supplementation of the yellow pigment from turmeric, curcumin, may support lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with metabolic syndrome.

65 people with metabolic syndrome participated in this placebo controlled double blind study.  Individuals were assigned randomly to receive either 630 mg of curcumin 3 times per day or a placebo.  The study lasted 12 weeks.  LDL levels decreased significantly from an average of 121 to 107 while triglycerides dropped an average of 65 mg/dl.  HDL levels increased from 41 to 43 mg/dl.  Men saw more benefits for cholesterol lowering while women saw better improvements in good cholesterol (HDL).

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by hypertension, obesity and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism.  Metabolic syndrome has been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.

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CoQ10 May Help Blood Sugar Management in People with Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic SyndromAccording to a new study daily CoEnzyme Q10 supplementation may produce a beneficial effect on blood sugar management and insulin in people with metabolic syndrome.

60 individuals with metabolic syndrome were randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or 100 mg of CoQ10 daily.  The study lasted 8 weeks.  Participants ranged in age from 40 to 85.  Individuals in the CoQ10 group saw significant improvements in insulin resistance as measured using the homeostatic model assessment HOMA-IR, serum insulin levels and beta-cell function measured using the homeostatic model assessment beta cell function HOMA-B.  Reductions in markers for oxidative stress and improvements in glutathione levels were also observed.  No changes however, were observed for fasting blood sugar levels, markers of inflammation or cholesterol levels.

CoQ10 is a cell oxygenator and aids in the transport of energy from cell to cell.  This keeps the body in an aerobic state of metabolism and provides a strong antioxidant benefit.

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a condition characterized by obesity, disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism and hypertension.  Metabolic Syndrome is also believed to increase the risks of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 Diabetes.

When searching out a CoEnzyme Q10 product make sure the product is processed through a natural fermentation process and is not synthetic.  Also make sure the product is the trans form of the CoQ10 which is the most active form and that the product contains no cis-isomers.

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Small Fish Oil Doses Enough to Lower Blood Pressure — Nature’s Vitamins

A new study finds that in individuals with a history of hypertension, even the smallest amount of fish oil may reduce blood pressure. Over 300 healthy women and men between the ages of 20 and 70 participated in this randomized controlled trial. Participants consumed either a placebo made from palm and soybean oil or a…

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What is Metabolic Syndrome? — Nature’s Vitamins — earthwisenutritioncenter

What is Metabolic Syndrome? According to the American Heart Association over 47 million Americans (1 in 6 people) are afflicted with this health condition. Not actually a disease itself, Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol and stored abdominal fat. Each of these… via What […]

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What is Metabolic Syndrome? — Nature’s Vitamins

What is Metabolic Syndrome? According to the American Heart Association over 47 million Americans (1 in 6 people) are afflicted with this health condition. Not actually a disease itself, Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol and stored abdominal fat. Each of these…

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