Nutrition

Can Genes Contribute to Vitamin D Deficiency?

The GC Gene in Vitamin D Metabolism

 

Vitamin D is crucial for many functions and processes, such as [R, R]:

  • Calcium absorption and bone health
  • Immunity
  • Heart health
  • Joint health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Blood sugar balance

According to some estimates, one billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency, while nearly half of the world’s population has insufficient levels [R].

The Role of GC Gene

The GC gene encodes the vitamin D-binding protein (DBP). This protein enables the storage, transport, and delivery of vitamin D and its metabolites to target organs [R, R, R].

Studies have found a direct link between DBP and vitamin D blood levels, confirming a key role of this protein in vitamin D metabolism. They have also discussed the importance and diagnostic value of DBP levels in different conditions associated with vitamin D status, including thyroid disorders, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis [R, R].

This article is for informational purposes only. None of the information here should be taken as medical advice. If you are struggling to find an optimal diet and maintain metabolic health, seek medical help. Keep in mind that these results are based on association studies, which are correlative and aren’t necessarily causative. Any genetic variant will typically contribute only a small proportion to the overall risk of the condition, and non-genetic factors play a large role as well. Therefore, just because you have one of these genotypes does not necessarily mean you are at an increased risk of developing this condition!

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