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Vitamin D and Diabetes

By Helen More Blogs by This Author

Why did it take so long for the medical community to discover the wonderful properties of this nearly perfect supplement? Vitamin D is the new it cure of the medical community. It's practically a medical miracle! Just about every cell in the body uses vitamin D, and it's beneficial in lessening the symptoms of many diseases including diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and a variety of heart diseases.

In fact, according to researchers at Loyola University in Chicago, adequate amounts of vitamin D might actually be the secret ingredient to help reduce the complications that accompany diabetes as well as waylay the onset of diabetes. Or, even prevent diabetes from developing in the first place! That's huge. According to Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., professor and member of the study, vitamin D has widespread benefits for our health and certain chronic diseases in particular. She further explained that the role of vitamin D in the prevention and management of glucose intolerance and diabetes was dramatic.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D comes in two forms. Vitamin D2 is referred to as ergocalciferol. Vitamin D3 is referred to as cholecalciferol. D2 is created in plants, and D3 is obtained through the skin from the sun's UVB rays.

Diabetes and Vitamin D

Evidence suggests that diabetics often have low vitamin D levels. This simple bit of evidence further suggests that when vitamin D levels are low, the end result may be insulin sensitivity and secretion impairment. Several factors may be at play in this instance. Vitamin D may tend to be low in diabetics because of debilitation and lack of sun as well as the added use of sunscreens, both of which keep individuals from getting enough sunlight, and a diet that is poor in nutrition. Since getting adequate nutrition is a challenge for those with diabetes, this makes sense. However, diet alone does not usually result in enough vitamin D. A 15-minute sunbath daily is warranted. But because not everyone can enjoy the sun year round, it's important to get vitamin D through supplementation. Vitamin D is an easy and very cost effective method for combating diabetes. A simple blood test will determine a deficiency. If additional supplementation of vitamin D is needed, do not guess at the dose; your physician can determine how much vitamin D2 or D3 is needed. If you or someone you love is at risk for diabetes, make an appointment to have your vitamin D level checked today.

Vitamin D Toxicity

Vitamin D can build up in your system to an unhealthy level and cause the following problems:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Frequent urination (especially at night)
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney problems
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness and twitching muscles
  • Muscle and joint pain and (all over) weakness


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