Vitamin D Shown To Be Important For Diabetes Prevention

Recent reports of a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency may be linked to the hike in diabetes rates if researchers at the German Diabetes Center and the University of Ulm are correct in their estimations.

In a review, a team of scientists found that individuals with adequate vitamin D levels were significantly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The researchers noted that this may be due to the nutrient’s anti-inflammatory effects.

“If follow-up studies confirm our results, a targeted improvement in the supply of vitamin D to the general public could at the same time reduce the risk of developing diabetes,” said researcher Barbara Thorand, Ph.D.

The body is able to synthesize vitamin D in the liver and kidneys, as well as the skin when exposed to sunlight, the study authors noted. Additionally, people can increase their intake of the vitamin by eating fatty fish, eggs, liver and full-fat dairy products. An array of natural nutritional supplements also contain vitamin D.

Results of this study suggest that increasing one’s intake of vitamin D may be one healthy lifestyle change that may prevent type 2 diabetes, along with consuming a balanced diet and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

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One Response to Vitamin D Shown To Be Important For Diabetes Prevention

  1. Also type 1 diabetes is incurable but does respond to adequate amounts of vitamin D. So some experts say that type 1 diabetes should not even exist like rickets should not exist. Rickets used to be a big problem with children. But then it was wiped out with vitamin D. But now rickets is making a comeback! Now kids are having terrible vone problems from a disease that was extinct.

    The reason is the same reason that after Michael Holick MD wrote a book on the sunshine vitamin, The UV Advantage, he was fired from the dermatology department of Boston U in 2004. Currently he is a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine.

    He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the American Skin Associations Psoriasis Research Achievement Award, the American College of Nutrition Award, the Robert H Herman Memorial Award in Clinical Nutrition from the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the Annual General Clinical Research Centers Program Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine.

    He says in his 2010 book The Vitamin D Solution: “But vitamin D deficiency goes much, much further than staving off bone-related diseases in children and adults. Recently, scientists have become interested in the fact that people living in sunny climates have a lower incidence of organ- and cell-related conditions, such as heart disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancers of the breast, colon, ovaries and prostate.
    Rickets [softening of bones in children potentially leading to fractures and deformity– cured decades ago when it was discovered to be caused by lack of vitamin D] is again on the rise in our society– a shocking development given the medical advances during the past century.”

    The forward of this book is by Andrew Weil M.D. who graduated Harvard Medical School. It says “Increasing the amount of vitamin D in the body can prevent or help treat a remarkable number of ailments, from obesity to arthritis, from high blood pressure to back pain, from diabetes to muscle cramps, from upper respiratory tract infections to infectious disease, and from fibromyalgia to cancers of the breast, colon, pancreas, prostate and ovaries.” A new study that made its way into many newspapers says that vitamin D can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It is not that this vitamin can do all these things. The body can do all these things but not when it has a vitamin D deficiency.

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