Study: Vitamin D Therapy May Lower Diabetes Risk

lower diabetes riskIf you have a family history of type two diabetes, one of the concerns on your mind is likely finding ways to avoid the development of diabetes—either in yourself or your children. Studies are aimed at this very goal—and one study out of India may have a possible answer for many. Doctors in Calcutta have suggested that vitamin D may reduce the risk of the onset of diabetes among people who are already at risk of developing the disease. Of course, those who have the condition continue to need diabetic accessories such as true test blood glucose test strips, prodigy test strips, and accuchek lancets; however, intervention may help those who have not yet developed the disease to combat their risk, and the research may also have benefits to those who have the chronic illness.


Doctors at the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research have shown that vitamin D can delay the onset of diabetes in groups of patients who have impaired glucose tolerance. The findings have been published in the international journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice recently, and have many doctors and researchers discussing the importance. While earlier studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of diabetes, and medical studies have also indicated a global prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among healthy people, doctors were previously wary of the lack of conclusive evidence that vitamin D would prevent the onset of those already at risk. The study’s researchers selected 115 patients who had been diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance and randomly assigned them to two groups—one group received vitamin D and calcium, while the other only received calcium. Those who received the vitamin D were less likely to develop diabetes and more likely to revert to normal glucose levels. Of course, those who did develop the disease would go on to the trials of purchasing products such as prodigy test strips, true test blood glucose test strips and other diabetic accessories such as Accuchek lancets; however, this was a task that many in the vitamin D group would not have to commit to.


The study’s authors are quick to note that they also included diet and lifestyle changes for the patients; one of the endocrinologists that comprised the team of researchers commented, “Without diet and lifestyle changes, nothing works.” But it’s important to stress that for many of those who are deficient in vitamin D, working with a doctor to potentially supplement the vitamin may help enhance other efforts to avoid developing the lifelong disease, as well as to avoid having to purchase accuchek lancets, prodigy test strips, or true test blood glucose test strips among other diabetic accessories to treat the chronic illness. This research may lead to better outcomes for many patients, and could potentially also come into play for helping to treat those patients who already have type two diabetes to help make medicines more effective or to limit the need for their use; some with diabetes are able to manage their condition effectively with diet and exercise changes, and vitamin D therapy may—if further research bears out—lead the way to more patients with that option.

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