Diabetes and Vitamin D Deficiency
Studies show that there may be a connection between type 2 diabetes and a vitamin D deficiency. Diabetics with lower vitamin D levels in their blood appeared to also have or run the risk of having higher blood sugar levels.
Recent studies done at John Hopkins University School of Medicine may have found a common link between a vitamin D deficiency and diabetics. Almost all of the people tested who were found to have a lower than normal vitamin D level also had higher than normal blood sugar levels. The diabetic’s age range didn’t seem to play a very important role nor did the gender. Both men and women between the ages of 35 and 89 with type 2 diabetes were the patients that were tested.
Doctors have come to the conclusion that diabetics who have difficulty controlling their diabetes should be tested for a vitamin D deficiency and if it is found to be outside the normal range then a vitamin D supplement may improve both the patients’ vitamin D deficiency and help make their diabetes more manageable.
Before taking vitamins or supplements of any type you should consult your doctor first. Some vitamins and supplements contain sugar and can cause your blood levels to increase even more.
In addition, if your vitamin D intake is not monitored properly you may have a greater risk of developing conditions caused by a higher than normal vitamin D level.