Vitamin D can slash diabetes risk by 50 percent

Warding off diabetes might be as simple as taking your vitamins.

Research from the Vitamin D Society, a non-profit group in Canada, showed that maintaining proper levels of vitamin D can cut diabetes risk by up to 50 percent.

Glucose tolerance

Vitamin D Society's meta-analysis of 16 studies on 72,204 people found that subjects with with the highest levels of vitamin D had a reduced rate of type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D improves glucose tolerance and helps the body to secrete insulin.

Another study of U.S. military records found that non-Hispanic whites with vitamin D levels over 100 nmo/L had a 63 percent reduced risk for type 1 diabetes when compared to those with D levels less than 75.

“Based on the evidence, I believe if everyone achieved optimal vitamin D levels we could eradicate type 1 diabetes,” said Dr. Cedric F. Garland, a Professor from the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

Get your levels checked

The Vitamin D Society recommends that people get their vitamin D levels checked. Those with levels below 40 ng/ml (US) or 100 nmo/L (Canada) should probably supplement and/or get more sunlight to increase levels in the blood.

In Canada, the potential reduction of diabetes cases just from monitoring vitamin D levels could exceed 14 million.

“With over 28 million people suffering from diabetes in Canada and the U.S.A., the research presented here supports that optimal vitamin D levels have the potential to reduce this by 50 percent,” said Perry Holman, Executive Director for the Vitamin D Society.

The findings for the Vitamin D Society's research are published in Clinical Chemistry.

Source: Examiner

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