Vitamin D May Be Helpful for Diabetes

For more than 10 years, vitamin D has been considered the top of the line for helping with and preventing problems such as skin conditions, cancer, bone health, and boosting the immunity system. However, whether vitamin D can actually eliminate the risk of developing such conditions, has still not been proven. The number of people that have diabetes around the world is increasing at a rapid rate and according to the Maine Center for Disease Control, there are roughly about 120,000 adults living in Maine that have diabetes.


The most prevalent form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes which can lead to serious complications including heart disease, kidney disease, blood vessel problems and eye and nerve damage. Dr. Irwin Brodsky of Maine Medical Partners Diabetes Center in Scarborough says that diabetes is difficult to treat and has also become the head researcher on a study which has been called D2D Study. It is a large-scale trial study that is intended to determine whether vitamin D can actually stop or delay the start of type 2 diabetes. The study is being funded by the National Institute of Health. Currently the study requires 2,400 people who are per-diabetic in order to have enough participants for the study.


As a part of the D2D study, the participants have to take vitamin D or a placebo everyday. The patients are not told whether they have actually received vitamin D or a placebo. The study participants must also come to the research center roughly every three to six months in order to have blood samples taken so that the researchers can monitor the effects from the study.


So far the research has revealed that there could potentially be a link between Vitamin D and type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D is located in the same parts of the body that insulin production occurs so that vitamin D could help to increase the body’s ability to make insulin. Vitamin D has also been found to reduce inflammation. Inflammation has be found to promote insulin resistance.


These findings have not proved that there is a cause and effect relationship and the researchers need an exact answer regarding Vitamin D. Because the relationship between Vitamin D and diabetes has not yet been proven, the study is also encouraging patients to participate in lifestyle changes that incorporate healthy eating and exercise

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