Vitamin D and Diabetes

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There is ample contention to the fact that Vitamin D is an anti-diabetes vitamin that goes on to improve sensitivity and insulin resistance. Today, diabetes is a condition that people stumble upon frequently. Going by the records of the National Institute of Health, a staggering figure that runs over 40 million is the number of Americans who are affected by early type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.  In the cases of both, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes there is the presence of either or both of the conditions of resistance to the produced insulin  and insufficient production of insulin in the body. While Type 1 diabetes is a congenital condition that is almost unpreventable, Type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle resulting from lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits.  Apart from the obvious physical complications, diabetes also leads to various others serious conditions that include the likes of eye problems, kidney problems, issues with the nervous system and can even lead to fatal heart conditions. It also increases the chances of a person having a stroke.

 

The fact which has brought to the foray, the potential usefulness of Vitamin D in diabetes is a study by the British Journal of Nutrition, wherein it is stated that daily doses of Vitamin D tend to improve insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance. In a separate study conducted by researchers at the Massey University in Australia and at Auckland, it was found that the introduction of increased levels of Vitamin D in the blood stream of 42 women who were insulin resistant, lead to an increase in the levels of their insulin sensitivity. This study was controlled and doubly blind, and was conducted in 6 months, wherein 81 women participated, whose age was between the range of 23 and 68. Out of these 81, 42 were given 4000 IU of Vitamin D on a daily basis. On the other hand, 39 of them were given placebo. Though, the introduction of Vitamin D did not step up the natural production of insulin in the body, it did make the body more sensitive to the insulin being produced by it. The researchers concluded that a daily dose of 4000 IU of Vitamin D can help us battle more effectively, the insulin being already produced by the body which in turn significantly reduces the risk of having Type 2 diabetes.

 

This research does establish the fact that Vitamin D can work as an anti- diabetes vitamin. However, taking increased doses of Vitamin D to battle diabetes is just half the work done, for people need to supplement this mode of treatment with regular exercise and by marinating a healthy weight level. This would also include eating healthy food and exercising regularly. When people take Vitamin D, it helps the muscles to work in a better way. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Manchester, adolescent girls with ample Vitamin D levels in their body outperformed those with insufficient levels of Vitamin D in their body, in a series of tests, which aimed to measure force and muscle power. This study concluded that Vitamin D can help the muscles perform in the best possible manner.

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