Children With Type 1 Diabetes Deficient In Vitamin D
Kids with type 1 diabetes suffer from low levels of vitamin D - often from lack of proper screenings - according to a new study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Vitamin D has long been known to be an indicator of important clinical outcomes like glucose metabolism, cardiovascular health, bone strength and even survival. Researchers now claim there is a link between a shortage of vitamin D and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
"To our knowledge this is the first study that has been adequately powered to examine the association between [vitamin D] and HbA1c (a measure of diabetes control) in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes," said Terri Lipman, PhD and lead author of the study. "These data suggest the need for monitoring of vitamin D in all youth with this disorder."
Improving vitamin D levels for children with type 1 diabetes could be attained through consistent screenings and dietary changes.
Previous research suggests slight alterations to eating habits, like consuming an egg-rich diet, can result in better concentrations of vitamin D, improved blood sugar levels and less weight gain. Diabetics still need to be wary of consuming too many eggs, however, as each one is a significant source of cholesterol.
Along with eggs, foods rich in vitamin D include fatty fish, beef liver, mushrooms and cheese.
An additional way to increase your vitamin D intake is by taking a supplement. Not only can it help decrease risks associated with heart disease, but also it has the added bonus of improving your exercise performance.