Skip to comments.Vitamin D deficiency linked to Type 1 diabetes
Posted on 11/27/2012 11:24:52 AM PST by neverdem
A study led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has found a correlation between vitamin D3 serum levels and subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. The research appears the December issue of Diabetologia, a publication of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
"Previous studies proposed the existence of an association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of and Type 1 diabetes, but this is the first time that the theory has been tested in a way that provides the dose-response relationship," said Cedric Garland, DrPH, FACE, professor in UCSD's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
This study used samples from millions of blood serum specimens frozen by the Department of Defense Serum Registry for disease surveillance. The researchers thawed and analyzed 1000 samples of serum from healthy people who later developed type 1 diabetes and 1000 healthy controls whose blood was drawn on or near the same date but who did not develop type 1 diabetes. By comparing the serum concentrations of the predominant circulating form of vitamin D 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) investigators were able to determine the optimal serum level needed to lower an individual's risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Based mainly on results of this study, Garland estimates that the level of 25(OH)D needed to prevent half the cases of type 1 diabetes is 50 ng/ml. A consensus of all available data indicates no known risk associated with this dosage.
"While there are a few conditions that influence vitamin D metabolism, for most people, 4000 IU per day of vitamin D3 will be needed to achieve the effective levels," Garland suggested. He urges interested patients to ask their health care provider to measure their serum 25(OH)D before increasing vitamin D3 intake.
"This beneficial effect is present at these intakes only for vitamin D3," cautioned Garland. "Reliance should not be placed on different forms of vitamin D and mega doses should be avoided, as most of the benefits for prevention of disease are for doses less than 10,000 IU/day."
Source: University of California - San Diego
AbstractP.S. The press release described the serum concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in terms of ng/ml, i.e. nanograms per milliliter. The original citation expressed it in terms of nmol/l, i.e. nanomoles per liter. The latter is most likely the European convention.
Aims/hypothesis Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25 (OH)D] concentration may increase risk of insulin requiring diabetes.
Methods A nested casecontrol study was performed using serum collected during 20022008 from military service members. One thousand subjects subsequently developed insulin-requiring diabetes. A healthy control was individually matched to each case on blood-draw date (±2 days), age (±3 months), length of service (±30 days) and sex. The median elapsed time between serum collection and first diagnosis of diabetes was 1 year (range 1 month to 10 years). Statistical analysis used matched pairs and conditional logistic regression.
Results ORs(odds ratios) for insulin-requiring diabetes by quintile of serum 25(OH)D, from lowest to highest, were 3.5 (95% CI 2.0, 6.0), 2.5 (1.5, 4.2), 0.8 (0.4, 1.4), 1.1 (0.6, 2.8) and 1.0 (reference) (ptrend <0.001). The quintiles (based on fifths using serum 25(OH)D concentration in the controls) of serum 25(OH)D in nmol/l, were <43 (median 28), 4359 (median 52), 6077 (median 70), 7899 (median 88) and ≥100 (median 128).
Conclusions/interpretation Individuals with lower serum 25(OH)D concentrations had higher risk of insulinrequiring diabetes than those with higher concentrations. A 3.5-fold lower risk was associated with a serum 25 (OH)D concentration ≥60 nmol/l.
P.P.S. I interpret ptrend <0.001 as the chance of getting these results as just by chance as less than 1 in a 1000 with the same sampling method. Most results are considered statistically significant when you would expect those results by chance less than or equal to 1 out of 20.
Diabetes and immunology lists, together again.
And to think for how many years they had us all convinced that more than 400 IU per day would be toxic.
Maybe I can get my doctor to prescribe 2 weeks in the sun at a nice beach resort?
Thank you for the ping.
They were wrong about zinc levels as well.
Since we are discussing Type I,
which occurs at an early age,
could it be related to the
mother's levels as well during pregnancy ?
Indeed. Twelve years ago, I went from low-fat, soy, high-carb vegetarian (which made me fat and sick) to low-carb, high fat, normal protein and some vitamin supplements. I also lost a bunch of weight, cholesterol went from too high to too low**, LOL, healthy blood work, and my Type II diabetes is under control with diet and exercise.
At the age of 60, I had a cardiac stress test that the doctor told me with an astonished look on his face, “That was a perfectly normal stress test.” I’m almost 66 now, and I can still keep up with Hubby on a hike on the Buckeye Trail. Hubby is just a kid, only 62.
**Too-low blood cholesterol is associated with depression and dementia.
Good observation. Also, kids don't play outside these days. They don't have recess at school. When we were young, we were on our bikes all the time without full padding or walking to each others' houses without getting molested or just playing in the yard with lawn darts and clackers and we lived to tell about it.
Maybe, but there's also latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, LADA,that also have autoantibodies like classical type 1 diabetics.
Abstract Vitamin D is obtained from cutaneous production when 7-dehydrocholesterol is converted to vitamin D(3) (cholecalciferol) by ultraviolet B radiation or by oral intake of vitamin D. Rickets appeared to have been conquered with vitamin D intake, and many health care professionals thought the major health problems resulting from vitamin D deficiency had been resolved. However, rickets can be considered the tip of the vitamin D deficiency iceberg. In fact, vitamin D deficiency remains common in children and adults. An individual's vitamin D status is best evaluated by measuring the circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D3) concentration. There is increasing agreement that the optimal circulating 25(OH)D3 level should be approximately 30 ng/mL or above. Using this definition, it has been estimated that approximately three-quarters of all adults have low levels. In utero and during childhood, vitamin D deficiency can cause growth retardation and skeletal deformities and may increase the risk of hip fracture later in life. Vitamin D deficiency in adults can exacerbate osteopenia and osteoporosis, cause osteomalacia and muscle weakness, and increase the risk of fracture. More recently, associations between low vitamin D status and increased risk for various non-skeletal morbidities have been recognized; whether all of these associations are causally related to low vitamin D status remains to be determined. The discovery that most tissues and cells in the body have vitamin D receptors and that several possess the enzymatic machinery to convert the 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, to the active form, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, has provided new insights into the function of this vitamin. Of great interest is its role in decreasing the risk of many chronic illnesses, including common cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, and cardiovascular disease. In this review I consider the nature of vitamin D deficiency, discuss its role in skeletal and non-skeletal health, and suggest strategies for prevention and treatment.Cells don't make receptors for no reason. That would waste energy.
Congrats on the weight loss and good health, but our average ancestor did not live to be 70.
At the start of the year, I was very sick. I was hospitalized so weak I could barely walk. Once released I did research and found saturated fat, cholesterol and sea salt is good for you. I did research on it started a web-site dedicated to it. This is one of the articles to illustrate what I found. I am completely well and off all meds. I had high sugar, Hypertension and thyroid. I cured all.
A New Look at Nutrition
By Joan McDaniel
I have been taking 5000iu of Vitamin D3-5 daily for five years.
I know it’s just anecdotal, but I have not been sick during that time.
It’s cheap. Buy it at Wally.
What’s your total daily dose, 25,000 IU of vitamin D3?
No. That's prolly an overdose :)
I take 5000iu of D3 per day.
Same here...5000 IU Vitamin d3 daily...no cold, no flu, nothing...been that way for years and years.
That is wonderful that you have had such a miraculous recovery from your illness. God bless and keep you.
I’m so allergic to coconut (and wheat, corn, gluten, and a few other things) that I can’t even take MCT oil. But I am on a proper low-carb diet that keeps me quite healthy.
I started in March on 20,000iu/day with a loading dose of 50,000iu once a week to prevent cluster headaches (the regimen includes other stuff like fish oil, calcium citrate, magnesium, zinc, and some trace stuff like vitamin K and boron).
After being episodic for 12 years and chronic for 8, I have been pain free since April.
I've also heard that even higher doses can bring significant remission for MS patients.
I saw the Dr. the other day. He was berating me for declining the flu shot. I told him I never get the flu 'cause I take Vit D. He just looked at me. I figure, why tempt fate?
I've had people mock me for taking Vit D. I figure, why argue with success. It works for me.
Thank You The Old Lady.
It was Thyroid. I needed Iodine the Doctor was not treating me with anything except synthroid which does nothing. Even with my Throid getting weaker each year I took Vit D3 5,000 mg every day. It kept me going for a long time. I documented about Thryoid and Iodine sources also
Its Not In Your Head, Its In Your Thyroid!
Natural Food Iodine Sources
I think a lot of people have low thyroid and don’t know it.