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.
Thanks, it’s great to know. I thought this would only apply to Type 2.
Yes, a few years ago I informed relatives, who were taking calcium supplements, that they need to take Vitamin D3 to help absorb calcium or it's not going to be very effective.
Vit D ping
I have osteoporosis, Vit D deficiency, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, and have had skin cancer. I don’t think time in the sun is going to help this Irish American. My skin is very pale, my bones are bad...and I’m dong the best I can.
While I'm not diabetic, I am lactose intolerant. You can buy lactase supplements (drops or tablets) that will get rid of the lactose, or you can buy milk that's already lactose free. It's substantially more expensive, but on the other hand, it will last a LONG time in the fridge, since when milk goes bad, the lactose is converted by lactic acid.
There are many ways to get Vit D. I’m also lactose intolerant and was never a milk drinker, but could tolerate some cheese and some ice cream, if it was the cheap kind whipped up with a lot of air and not so much cream. As a vegan now, I get my Vit D from fortified soy milk, food, and vitamins.
That said, after seeing some of the Vit D/diabetes posts and medical reporting over the past year, I started taking Vit D supplements. I was taking about 2-3000 units a day for about 6 months. Even at that, when I had my levels checked by my endo, my Vit D levels were almost nonexistent. I’m now on prescription strength Vit D taken 2x a month. I need to get my levels rechecked to see if they’ve improved, but if there is any correlation between Vit D levels and diabetes, I seem to be living proof. I also have metabolic syndrome, am beige/olive skinned and lived in cloudy Seattle for almost 5 years. I didn’t think it would be as low as it was, but I wasn’t surprised I had a low Vit D level.
Regarding another post re sedentary lifestyle - I wish people knew more about diabetes. There are very obese, inactive people who never become diabetics; there are people like me with diabetes on both sides of the family and who was probably going to get it at some point, no matter what the activity level; there are average-sized active people who get it. I agree that some of the increase in diabetes is linked to the type and amount of food people eat and their general lifestyle, but you can’t point to every Type 2 diabetic and say ‘you did this to yourself’ just as not every case of cancer is due to a lack of vegetables in the diet. Sometimes it just happens.
I really think this is not a racist statement. How many times have you heard a racist say that black people are “inferior” because they have so many diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, etc. If these conditions are caused by a lack of Vit D3, that puts the racist factor in the garbage can.
Going to take my D now.
The lactose is converted to acid and gas by
enteric bacteria when there is no lactase to
convert the lactose to glucose. Lactose intolerance is
a common symptom of gluten intolerance. Lactase
is manufactured by the tips of the cilia in the
small colon. Gluten damages the cilia. The first
thing to go is the tips...with the loss of lactase.
Try a gluten free diet for a month. That may solve
the lactose intolerance. If drinking milk brings on
a “loopy” feeling, try goat’s milk. If that doesn’t
work, soy milk is a decent fallback.
Okay, that does it. Less time on FR, more time outside... :)
One of my closest friends is skinny as a rail, has been all his life, plays more golf than Bozo and still has type 2.
I've also been taking it for a few years. My family tends toward depression, and keeping up with Vitamin D helps keep it at bay during the "dark months". My Dad's longtime remedy is a nice 5-6 week visit to Florida during the depths of the Michigan winters. He's done that ever since he retired, and whether it's physiological or purely psychological, it seems to have helped him. He's always spent a lot of time outdoors hunting and fishing. He'll be 90 next month, and has lived quite a bit longer then either of his parents. Although grandmother had diabetes from middle age, Dad avoided it until fairly recently. He managed with exercise and diet until just 3-4 years ago, when he started taking medicine for it.
Dr Holick: We did a study that showed that if you expose a person in a bathing suit to what we call 1 minimal erythemal dose, which is a light pinkness to the skin 24 hours after sun exposure, its equivalent to taking between 15 000 and 20 000 IU of vitamin D3. For a white adult, that would be equivalent to being exposed to sunlight in June at noon for about 10-15 minutes on a Cape Cod beach. Your body has a huge capacity to make vitamin D. Whats interesting is that the sunlight destroys any excess vitamin D that your body makes, so you could never become vitamin D intoxicated from sun exposure.
I take 4,000 IU of vitamin-D a day in the winter time and 2,000 IU a day in the summer time.
Vit D is readily available as a supplement. Cheap, too.
I take 5000 IU of D3-5 each day.
Better safe than sorry.
Vitamin D ping!
The last round was five months ago and I was on 2,000 units a day of supplemental Vitamin D after that. I travel an hour to and from work during daylight hours every week.
And I'm diabetic. Usually 6 shots a day.
The one thing I notice is that my fingernails get very brittle when I am D depleted.
Better living through modern chemistry.
Um... Never? Maybe I don't hang around enough racists to know.
Does the good doc have a side business selling Afro-specific Vitamin D supplements? (”The pale northern sun just isn’t up to the job for you folks!”)
There are many questions left to be answered. Do people who are susceptible to diabetes also have difficulty in either absorbing or maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D? Does supplementing with D actually do anything to help combat diabetes? Is it even possible to raise a diabetic’s D level to the “normal” range?
Just because the 2 conditions coexist, does not mean that attempting to increase the level of vitamin D will necessarily do anything meaningful to prevent the complications of diabetes.
This is an excellent website for nutritional/medical info:
I take extra Vitamin D and it definently makes a difference especially in my mood and I notice I maintain my weight easier. You can’t really overdose on it unlike Vitamin A which is fat soluable and can build up to toxic levels and cause higher blood pressure irritability and headaches. I’ve experienced it myself by accident when taking extra doses of Vit A.
I’ve tried a lot of things but Vit D is the one vitamin I would reccomend. Also if you are stressed, depressed, etc try it you can take double or triple the recommended dose safely. I take 4000ius of D3 twice a day.
Next two things I take are Alpha lipoic Acid 1000mg 3 times a day and Acetyl L-Carinitine 1000mg 3 times a day. I’ve not had a cold for more than a year and I heal faster and feel overall just better.
I also take a Calcium Magnesium Zinc combination sometimes but Im careful because while zinc can help your immune system too much will suppress it. None of this is magic or a cure all but the D, ALA, and ALCAR will make you feel much better if you take it regularly.
They are also inexpensive and safe.
I’d avoid multivitamins personally especially if you are taking them as a catch all. Take
I’m type 2 and my doctor told me not to drink milk and i’m not lactose int in fact i don’t think my doctor ever checked anything to do with my vity D ..
I often wonder if these studies are funded by vitamin supplement companies.
Because I am 70 yo. and pre-diabetic I read the article and then went to google for info on Vitamin D.
First, best, and cheapest source of Vitamin D appears to be lying out in the sun naked for a couple of hours per week. It probably means that older people have to stay in the sun longer however since one study shows that absorbtion rates dwindle with age. Of course I may die from skin cancers.
Very few foods in nature contain vitamin D. The flesh of fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources . Small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks
I like and drink a lot of milk and almost all our milk is fortified with Vitamin D. —but I have to change from my average of a gallon per week to a gallon per day.
Or I can eat 3 oz. of fresh sockeye salmon every day which is unlikely on my budget.
Or I can take a tbs of cod liver oil daily.
Or I can reflect on a relatively long and fun life and say to hell with it, everything is a trade off, and I’m not going to ruin my remaining years by living in fear and trying to forestall the inevitable.
I’ve never heard someone say that.
How about just a vitamin D-3 supplement?
Seriously, check out buttermilk. I forget what I read about it tho. :-)
That is an oversimplification. I have chronic low Vit D. I spend hours a day outside and am anything but sedentary.