Lots in the news these days about low Vitamin D. The reasons for this latest uptick in vitamin deficiency include: decreased intake of Vitamin D fortified milk, less exposure to sunshine due to an indoor lifestyle, the use of sunscreens when we do go outdoors, and failure to take vitamin supplements.
These reasons for low Vitamin D are plausible ….but the whole truth is….they are not the underlying reason for this surge in diagnoses of low Vitamin D.
Until recently, we had not routinely tested for Vitamin D. Sometime over the past 3-4 years, it has become more standard practice to test Vitamin D in bloodwork. So, it’s just now that we see how rampant this deficiency is.
Since the 1960’s (over fifty years now) we have been taught the dangers of sun exposure in terms of skin cancer. Aisles in stores are dedicated to sunscreens and sun lotions with SPF’s exceeding 55.
Fairly recently, we’ve been told that drinking cow’s milk that might contain hormones, pesticides, and trigger milk allergies might not be necessary in a balanced diet.
But, the reason you probably haven’t heard of is the underlying hormonal imbalance the sets the stage for Vitamin D deficiency. What imbalanced hormone is to blame? INSULIN.
Both insulin and Vitamin D are hormones. When insulin levels are out of balance, Vitamin D in the blood will decrease. Over 150 million Americans and climbing have insulin impairment. Now that we are testing so many people for Vitamin D, we are finding more and more people with insulin and glucose impairment. People with insulin impairment are most likely to develop insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Yes, there IS a link between Metabolic Syndrome (Metabolism B) and Vitamin D deficiency….but the underlying cause of both conditions is most likely rooted in a hormonal imbalance. Balance this hormone, and improve metabolic syndrome and Vitamin D!
Metabolic syndrome is a compilation of medical conditions that progressively worsen over time including: overweight/obesity, hypertension, midline fat deposits and visceral fat stores, high LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, increasing blood sugar (pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes) and DECREASED VITAMIN D.
The treatment for metabolic syndrome is usually a plethora of prescriptions for hypertension, cholesterol, pre diabetes/diabetes, and a vitamin D supplement. These drugs and Vitamin D supplements “medicate” the problem…but none TREATS the underlying cause of the problem. For over 50 years, the diet prescribed to those with metabolic syndrome has been a low calorie, low fat diet.
Once you understand how insulin works, you will understand that the low fat/low calorie diet actually works to worsen metabolic syndrome (and lower Vitamin D levels).
When insulin levels are out of balance, even natural increases in blood sugar from carbohydrate intake or liver glycogen release is met with excess insulin. This fat gain hormone stimulates excess fat deposits on the body and in the blood. Problems with memory, focus, concentration, libido, irritability are also perpetuated. So much depends on normal insulin and normal blood sugar.
Normal insulin release and resultant normal blood sugar is what protects Vitamin D levels, vascular health, and proper “firing” of nerve endings. Taking an extra Vitamin D supplement is needed if you are deficient in Vitamin D, but the reason your Vitamin D was low in the first place as well as the underlying reason for metabolic syndrome (Met B) is your metabolism….and there is an excellent chance if you are a person with Low Vitamin D, you are also a person with insulin imbalance and metabolic syndrome.
This is the way it is:
Insulin imbalance is at the root of Met B /metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome (with its progressive increases in belly fat/visceral fat, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and blood sugar) is genetic and its progression is linked to stressors like physical inactivity, a high carbohydrate diet, stress (emotional/physical), illness/surgery, certain blood sugar altering medications (like prednisone, cortisone, certain anti-depressants, certain beta blockers).
Over 60% of those who struggle with weight have the genetic predisposition to metabolic syndrome…they are riding on the Metabolism B train. If proper diet and lifestyle changes are not made, in time, millions WILL end up with hypertension, midline adiposity, ED, overweight/obesity, hyperlipidemia, pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes and low levels of Vitamin D.
The medication bill in the US for this insulin related metabolic mess is in the trillions…medications for ED, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, diabetes, depression, GERD, PCOS, osteopenia, osteoporosis, cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, pancreas, ovarian, and skin, ADD/ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease are all medications necessary as long as metabolic syndrome and insulin imbalance/resistance is not contained.
There is a lifestyle program that is a nonmedicinal treatment for this problem and it has existed for all to use since April, 2009. The research/development/trials/data collection/fine tuning had preceded the publication of the program by 13 years and to date data has been collected on over 6000 patients. It is now licensed for publication in 7 languages and has a world-wide following. The Metabolism Miracle became a New York Times Bestseller and was the #1 diet book in the UK in 2010. The name of the program is in Diane Kress’ The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle books. For more information: http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com.
On June 27, 2012, The American Medical Association published a study in JAMA that admitted the diet protocol for weight loss over a period of time is one that is low glycemic index and low glycemic load. The Metabolism Miracle contains the elements the study was based upon and covers all the bases of uncontrolled metabolic syndrome.
If you are a person with metabolic syndrome, low Vitamin D, diabetes, pre diabetes, elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, midline weight stores, overweight not responding to diet….you should try the program that is proven superior to low fat, low calorie diets for long term weight loss. You will notice your Vitamin D increase and your overall health improve. A lifestyle change, and not another medication, may be your answer! www.themetabolismmiracle.com or www.thediabetesmiracle.com.