Sunbathing or vitamin D supplements may help restore good bacteria in the gut and help prevent metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that are risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, new research suggests.
“Based on this study, we believe that keeping vitamin D levels high, either through sun exposure, diet or supplementation, is beneficial for prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome,” said one of the researchers Stephen Pandol from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the US.
The characteristic symptoms include obesity around the waistline and at least two of the following: high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Sufferers usually also have excess fat in their liver.
The main cause of metabolic syndrome appears to be a diet high in fat or carbohydrate.
The current study made important advances in understanding the causative role of vitamin D in this syndrome.
“These are amounts equivalent to the dietary recommendations for humans,” Pandol noted.
The next step, the team said, would be to validate the results in humans.
Source: The Economic Times