Skip to comments.Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome in Studies
Posted on 06/27/2010 6:58:30 PM PDT by CutePuppy
A pair of new studies has uncovered evidence that low levels of vitamin D could lead to poor blood sugar control among diabetics and increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome among seniors.
More than 90 percent of the patients, who ranged in age from 36 to 89, had either vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency, the authors found, despite the fact that they all had had routine primary care visits before their specialty visit.
Just about 6 percent of the patients were taking a vitamin D supplement at the time of their visit, the research team noted, and those who had lower vitamin D levels were also more likely to have higher average blood sugar levels.
"This finding supports an active role of vitamin D in the development of type 2 diabetes," study co-author Dr. Esther Krug, an assistant professor of medicine, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society.
"Since primary care providers diagnose and treat most patients with type 2 diabetes, screening and vitamin D supplementation as part of routine primary care may improve health outcomes of this highly prevalent condition," Krug added.
A second study involving nearly 1,300 white Dutch men and women over the age of 65 found almost half were vitamin D-deficient, while 37 percent had metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a grouping of health risk factors, including high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood sugar.
"Because the metabolic syndrome increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, an adequate vitamin D level in the body might be important in the prevention of these diseases," .....
Regardless of gender, those with insufficient amounts of vitamin D in their blood were more likely to have the syndrome than those with sufficient amounts of vitamin D, Eekhoff and her colleagues found.
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Could be coincidental.
Diabetes type 2 is related to a sedentary lifestyle.
Vitamin D is largely obtained by getting up and going outside in the sunlight.
No wonder! My husband is diabetic and cannot drink milk, because the lactose is converted to glucose. So I am not surprised that most diabetics are deficient in vitamin D.
Nature' 'correlations' quite amazing. . .For sure you cannot get it in front of a computer screen. (A new idea for Steve Jobs/lol. . .)
Meantime, if you are not in sun; and even 'if you are' - take enough; get enough. . .'D'.
Supplements have no taste. . .easy to take. Take enough and take ‘D/3’. . .
Correlation? Seems very likely. Causation? Possibly, but not determined.
In either case, gives something to work with, and maybe help find the cure or help with care / treatment. After all, if a daily (still sedentary) “activity” of sitting “on the sun” for 20 minutes, or taking a supplement can help, it’s worth studying.
Dr. Mercola has a video where he says that 10-20 years from now if you go to an emergency room and they do NOT test you for Vit D deficiency they (emergency room personnel) will go to jail. He says that Vit D is responsible for the on/off switch for over 2000 genes - cancer, everything imaginable, etc.
He also says that Vit D deficiency is the reason black Americans suffer from so many diseases. Because of their melanin, they bodies don’t make Vit D like white people do, even if they are out in the sun all day.
Consider getting it from other source, other than milk.
Supplements are readily available, if limited sunshine exposure is not an option. See if it may help.
That's a simple property of spectrum physics, but an interesting observation re Vitamin D3 generation.
What do increased levels of D do for diabetics, I wonder. Alleviate the severity — or no changes once diabetes has set in?
Depends upon where you live. Above a certain latitude, there’s not enough UVB available, even in summertime, to activate the VitD in the body. Northern states typically.
So no matter how much you “go outside”, you won’t create enough Vit D internally and need to supplement. Your advice would be fine for CA-TX-FL latitudes, but not so good for WA-ND-WI-NY denizens.
There’s a lot more to it than just “going outside”.
Who told him that? I’ve been diabetic for nearly 40 years and drik milk as part of a balanced diet.
One study examined for this review article evaluated 3,000 people with type 1 diabetes and found a decreased risk in disease for people who took vitamin D supplements.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, and if vitamin D significantly helps it, that suggests that vitamin D may be helpful for autoimmune disorders in general.
I forwarded it to someone who has a 79 year old parent with diabetes, heart disease, etc. They were out of town when this was published, so I’m sure they missed it.
Thanks again. :)
They have done studies with children just diagnoised with type 1 and found that by giving them massive doses of Vitiman D can reverse it in it’s early stages and those children who are borderline they can keep it from happening by giving them large doses of Vitimin D. Lifestyle has nothing to do with it some people who are very light skinned can not get enough vitimin D from the sun because they can’t process it properly. I take a prescription vitmin D that is 50,000iu once a week I am a 40 year type 1.
And I’m sure Je$$e Jacka$$ or other race whores will call him racist for saying that and try to shake down the medical establishment for mo’ money, mo’ money for his Rainbow Coalition that no other blacks will ever see or benefit from.
I remember something of an uproar about Sickle Cell Anemia when it first was discovered and the Docs were called racist because they said it was predominant in Blacks.
Not to mention the word “niggardly”.
You are very welcome!
After reading about Vitamin D and cancer (specifically Pancreatic Cancer) I take 2000 IU daily. I’m also addicted to milk - I LOVE it.
I’ve been taking vitamin D3 supplements for several years now. I was taking some earlier, but now taking more.
It seems as if every day a new story comes out about the importance of getting enough vitamin D—especially in cloudy weather or in the winter or if you don’t get enough sun for one reason or another.
I was a couple of years ahead of my doctor, who has been prescribing massive doses for some of my grownup children, to bring them up to snuff. I told all the kids to start taking this stuff, but I guess not all of them were listening. My wife, too.
If you are older, and taking calcium to prevent deterioration of your bones, you need it to help process the calcium, too. It appears to be very basic, and deficient in an awful lot of people.