Vitamin D and Metabolic Diseases: Growing Roles of Vitamin D

J Obes Metab Syndr. 2018 Dec;27(4):223-232. doi: 10.7570/jomes.2018.27.4.223. Epub 2018 Dec 30.


Vitamin D, a free sunshine vitamin available for mankind from nature, is capable to avert many health-related critical circumstances. Vitamin D is no more regarded as a nutrient involved in bone metabolism alone. The presence of vitamin D receptor in a number of tissues implies that vitamin D has various physiological roles apart from calcium and phosphorus metabolism. Low serum vitamin D has been found to be associated with various types of metabolic illness such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, cardiovascular diseases including hypertension. Various studies reported that vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency in linked with metabolic syndrome risk. This review focuses on various metabolic diseases and its relationship with serum vitamin D status.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; Diabetes mellitus; Metabolic syndrome; Obesity; Vitamin D.

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  • Review