July 9, 2011

Can Vitamin D Prevent Diabetes?

1 Vitamin D Helps Beta Cells Produce Insulin

Previous studies have shown that vitamin D reduces insulin resistance which is a very early symptom of type 2 diabetes, but a new one provides insight into the vitamin’s mechanism of action. Ninety-two adults considered “pre-diabetic” took D3, calcium, both or a placebo for four months. Blood tests measured hemoglobin A1C which looks at glucose levels over time and indirectly determined pancreatic beta cells function by measuring the amount of insulin secreted into the blood. The vitamin D group saw their beta cell function improve by 15 to 30 percent and had slightly better A1C levels. Many studies have found an indirect correlation between vitamin D levels and the risk of developing diabetes but they have not always been able to show that taking it may prevent its development.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vitamin D Regulates Blood Sugar in Diabetics, Low Vitamin D Increases Diabetic Mortality Risk

Tags: Hemoglobin A1C, Insulin, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors, Vitamin D, Vitamin D and Insulin Resistance, Vitamin D Levels and Type 2 Diabetes, Pancreatic Beta Cell

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