Vitamin D and Diabetes

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays numerous important roles in your body, including assisting immune system function and maintaining your teeth, bone and joint health.

This vitamin is produced in the body in reaction to exposure of the sun. When the sun’s UVB rays are exposed to the bare skin, the body converts cholesterol derivative into Vitamin D. It’s a known fact that every tissue and cell in the body has a Vitamin D protein receptor.

According to a recent study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, people who have low levels of Vitamin D are more prone to have diabetes, irrespective of their weight.

The study helps clarify the link between Vitamin D and diabetes. The people who have low levels of Vitamin D are more likely to have prediabetes, Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome than people with normal or high Vitamin D levels. Type II diabetes is a condition in which the body has a difficult time handling sugar the right way. You can develop it early too, although it usually develops in adulthood, past the age of 40. If your diabetes isn’t controlled and managed, you have chances of developing diabetes symptoms, like skin conditions, eyesight issues, high blood pressure and circulation problems.

One of the study’s authors, Manuel Macías-González, PhD, of Complejo Hospitalario de Málaga (Virgen de la Victoria) and the University of Málaga, said, “Our findings specify that Vitamin D is related with glucose and metabolism than obesity. The research suggests that Vitamin D deficiency and obesity interact synergistically to heighten the risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. By maintaining a healthy diet and doing enough outdoor activity, the average person might be able to reduce their risk.”

The results help clarify the connection between vitamin D, obesity and diabetes.  At this time, the research is contradictory on whether supplementing people at high risk of developing diabetes is helpful in reducing the risk of Type II diabetes.  If you are at risk of T2D and want to take vitamin D, it is improbable to harm you or make your symptoms worse. However, it is not proven that it may prevent diabetes.

You should not take Vitamin D in the place of other medications for your condition. Talk to your doctor about taking any other supplement.

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