Vitamin D and Its Role in Metabolic Syndrome, i.e. Diabetes

By Dr. Dale Brown

An adequate supply of Vitamin D is critical to good health. If you don’t spend time in the sun, you likely will need a supplement. Learn more about why this is important and how we can ensure you get enough Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is critical to maintaining one’s health and preventing or reversing diabetes.  It has been shown time and time again through research that a deficiency of this vital hormone can facilitate the development of a great many debilitating diseases.

Your skin makes vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun.  This is the great thing about Vitamin D: it’s free if we get adequate amounts of sunlight.  Then we must also remember that sunscreens and sun block will inhibit the production of Vitamin D by blocking the UVB rays.  Recently the researchers at Environmental Working Group released the statement that sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer.

To get adequate amounts of vitamin D a person would want to have at least ¾ of their body exposed to direct sunlight for about 20-30 min each day.  Sun exposure through a window will not do as the UVB rays do not penetrate the glass.  Also the person should not wash their skin immediately after sun exposure as the vitamin D must be absorbed by the skin over the next few hours.  If one needs to shower then I suggest only rinsing with cool water and using soap only on the areas where the “sun don’t shine”, as to not wash away the oil and vitamin D from the skin.

In addition to its well-known role in calcium metabolism, vitamin D activates genes that control cell growth and programmed cell death (apoptosis), express mediators that regulate the immune system, and release neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin) that influence one’s mental state.

Though much of the research into the benefits of vitamin D have been available for years the medical community is still slow to embrace the concept of this alternative to drugs.  This is a much needed transition due to the fact that here recently the American College of Cardiology in Atlanta released 3 large studies revealing that the most widely prescribed medications to reduce the risk of heart disease in Type 2 diabetes patients appeared “not to provide much benefit at all.”  This means that thousands of diabetes patients are paying thousands of dollars for drugs that are ultimately providing them with zero benefit.

Researchers at the Health Sciences Research Institute at Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom have shown that “high levels of vitamin D among middle-age and elderly populations are associated with a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.”  They went on to say that “interventions targeting vitamin D deficiency in adult populations could potentially slow the current epidemics of cardio-metabolic disorders.”

The strong evidence of the need for vitamin D to maintain quality health coupled with the fact that roughly 90% of Americans are deficient in this essential hormone is the only reason Maximized Living has produced a high quality supplement for ourselves and our patients.  Because I spend most of my days inside the office and not always getting my daily sun exposure I do supplement with vitamin D to support my body.  Note that God did provide us with the sun and created our bodies to produce vitamin D  on its own.  This source is free and you can’t beat the real thing but when your daily routine doesn’t allow for you to get adequate amounts of sun exposure I would highly recommend supporting your body with a quality vitamin D supplement.

While every problem has unique needs, the ML Principle is the same when it comes to all conditions:

STEP 1: Build health.  If you work towards getting the body well and working right again, all conditions improve or are eliminated.

STEP 2: Look at causes.  Whether it’s diabetes, asthma, ADD/ADHC, chronic infections, pain, fatigue, cancer, or Alzheimer’s – there’s an underlying reason.  Conditions are rarely there as simply a result of genetics or bad luck.  Might be easy to call it that – but just not true.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez
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http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1972325,00.html