Giving D its due as “the diabetes vitamin”
If your doctor says your blood sugar is consistently high enough to be considered “prediabetic,” that’s like having a type 2 diabetes learner’s permit. And I don’t have to tell you that nearly everyone with a learner’s permit goes on to get a driver’s license.
And this is one drive you don’t ever want to take.
Researchers have linked prediabetes with vitamin D deficiency. So could D supplements help prevent patients from progressing to full blown type 2?
In a new study, researchers recruited 170 adults diagnosed as prediabetic. Most of them were vitamin D deficient. For more than two years, half the group took a D supplement while the others took a calcium supplement daily.
We could have predicted the results would be good (after all, Dr. Wright calls D “the diabetes vitamin”), but this is shockingly good: About TWICE as many in the D group normalized their blood sugar levels compared to the calcium group.
What impressed me most about this study was the D dosage. These trials usually dole out paltry amounts — well below the 4,000 IU daily that Dr. Wright recommends for a therapeutic dose. But in this one, volunteers in the D group took 60,000 IU per week.
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In a press release, one of the researchers said, “If our results are confirmed…”
Wait — sorry to interrupt, but I can take it from here because results from other studies have already confirmed Dr. Wright’s assessment of D. It really is the diabetes vitamin.
In 2008, we told you about research that followed 1,400 people without diabetes. More than 20 years later, those with the highest vitamin D levels were 72 percent less likely to have developed diabetes compared to those with the lowest levels. You can read more details at this link.
In another study, researchers determined that vitamin D reduces heart disease risk in diabetics by cutting back the production of “foam” cells. These cells stiffen blood vessels and block blood flow. Go here to find out how diabetes contributes to inflammation that helps foam cells develop.
I could go on for days, giving you links to similar research. It all adds up to one conclusion: Vitamin D — which is essential for everyone — is even more useful to diabetics or anyone who’s trying to avoid diabetes.
Raising Low Vitamin D Levels Lowers Risk of Prediabetes Progressing to Diabetes
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