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Vitamin D Deficiency: The Risk You Might Not Be Aware Of

Charles P. Vega, MD

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May 02, 2018

Hello. I'm Dr Charles Vega, and I am a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of California at Irvine. Welcome to Medscape Morning Report, our 1-minute news story for primary care.

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for metabolic syndrome after menopause, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at 463 postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease who weren't taking vitamin D supplements. More than two thirds of the women had vitamin D levels lower than 30, which was considered insufficient. Of these women, 58% had metabolic syndrome, compared with 40% of women with sufficient vitamin D. When the vitamin D level was below 20, the odds of metabolic syndrome were doubled.

This observational design can't prove causation, and more studies are needed. But because metabolic syndrome is a major risk factor for CVD, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels in postmenopausal women may be an important preventive measure.

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