Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vitamin D Reduces Diabetes Risk! Is There Anything This Vitamin Can Not Do?

Continuing with the wonders that supplementing your diet with Vitamin D can do for your body, I already have shown that taking Vitamin D supplements can reduce your risks of getting colds, the flu, Cancer, and an assortment of other ailments.

Now according to the website: Natural News, at www.naturalnews.com, it seems that taking Vitamin D can also reduce your risk of getting Diabetes! Here is that article:

Vitamin D reduces diabetes risk by 43 percent - is there anything this vitamin can't do?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A team from Warwick Medical School in the U.K. has found that people who maintain healthy vitamin D levels are 43 percent less likely to get heart disease or diabetes. After evaluating 28 different studies conducted on nearly 100,000 people, researchers concluded that people who eat oily fish two or three times a week and five servings of fruits and vegetables a day are able to achieve healthy levels of vitamin D.

While the team evaluated only natural sources of vitamin D, including from sunlight exposure and consumption of oily fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel, it is probable that supplementation with natural vitamin D3 would prove to have the same effect.

Published in the journal Maturitas, the study revealed that high levels of vitamin D reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 33 percent, metabolic syndrome by 51 percent, and type-2 diabetes by an astounding 55 percent.

According to Dr. Johanna Parker, one of the study authors, sunlight exposure is the best way to get vitamin D. "People should expose themselves for 30 minutes twice a week – this means exposing the face and arms with no sunscreen. This would provide the body with adequate vitamin D," she explained.

Some experts recommend getting sunlight exposure every single day, especially in the summer when the sun delivers the most ultraviolet (UV) rays which produce vitamin D in the skin. Twenty minutes of sunlight exposure on a summer day can produce a healthy 20,000 IU of vitamin D in the skin, delivering optimal protection from all kinds of diseases.

Last summer, a study published in Diabetes Educator also found that vitamin D helps to prevent diabetes and can even help those who already have the disease. "Vitamin D has widespread benefits for our health and certain chronic diseases in particular," said Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., and co-author of that study.

It appears that people who have diabetes are generally low in vitamin D, which is also the case with many other diseases. Since vitamin D-deficiency and serious illness are so closely related, many medical professionals are advising people to have their levels checked to be sure they fall within a healthy range. More often than not, people who are acutely ill are deficient in the necessary vitamin.

If one is deficient in the vitamin, it is best to get more sunlight exposure, eat foods with vitamin D, and supplement with vitamin D3 in order to achieve optimal levels.

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NTS Notes: I have said many times that it is important to get at least 2000 IU of Vitamin D supplements into your body daily. There is so much that is now coming out about this wonderous vitamin, and I am keeping on top of all of the new reports and passing them on to my readers.

The question is asked: Is there anything this Vitamin can not do for your better health? The answer is probably not much!

More to come



TedHutchinson said...

Grassrootshealth offer cheap postal 25(OH)D testing as part of a survey
From their banner graph you can see the range of impact 2000iu/daily/vitamin D3 makes.
Given the many different actions Vitamin D enables it's important to remember that only around 60ng/ml do we find NATURAL Vitamin D present in the food that is NATURALLY best for new born babies.
Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Fully Breastfed shows that at latitude 32N 6400iu/daily Vitamin D3 intake was required to attain and maintain a level around 60ng/ml. Further north in input from sun will be less and more D3 may be required.
Startling Findings About Vitamin D Levels in Life Extension® Members
Infants on Oral Vitamin D Supplementation"
here is another survey showing 5000iu/daily/D3 is only just sufficient to get most people to the level that covers daily basic needs.
More will be required to match the 6000iu+ daily intake the traditional INUIT diet provided. Modern foods can only contribute less than 10% of your requirement.
Vitamin D3 is made from the cholesterol in your skin when exposed to UVB. With many people taking cholesterol reducing medication + eating a cholesterol lowering diet those people will find the rise in status after sun exposure is minimal. It also depends where you sunbathe. Ozone from traffic pollution blocks UVB reaching ground level so urban sunbathers not only get MORE skin damaging UV exposure but LESS vitamin d producing UVB.

angus murray said...

You will of course be aware of the strong association between various chronic conditions and low-measured 25D.
Low 25D seems to be widespread and becoming more common.

However, it is most important to take into account the fact that this is an ASSOCIATION - not a proven cause.
In fact all the available evidence suggests that low 25D is the RESULT of disease, NOT the cause.

You will also be aware that vitamin D supplementation has produced equivocal results for a number of diseases and that excess vitamin D can be toxic or counterproductive.

The reason that supplementation is often thought to be effective is that 25D, being a secosteroid, is immunosuppressive and therefore in inflammatory conditions, will often reduce symptoms. However, immunosuppression comes at a cost - exactly as corticosteroids will allow a patient to progress from giant cell arteritis to diabetes, so will supplementation make all these patients sicker.

There is overwhelming evidence that 25D falls in response to the need of the immune system to activate a bacterially liganded VDR (vitamin D nuclear receptor). 25D is converted to 1.25D to try to activate the VDR by increasing 1,25D concentration. (It is known that people with low 25D have normal or HIGH 1,25D). Simultaneously the drop in 25D boosts the immune system's effectiveness. But the bacterial ligand has a higher affinity for the receptor than 1,25D and hence increased concentration has little effect.

The VDR is responsible for the transcription of at least 913 genes, including the vital AMPs, cathelicidin and Beta defensins that target intracellular bacteria. It is hardly surprising that some bacteria can target the VDR to secure their own survival.

Supplementing vitamin D will cause INCREASED bone resorption, if 1,25D is already high and by suppressing the immune system, allow intracellular bacteria to increase their proliferation, making the patient sicker in the long term.

The evidence for this explanation is amply described at MPKB (mpkb.org) (The Marshallprotocol Knowledge Base) where it is backed up with evidence referenced from current research papers. About 2,500 people are currently using the Marshallprotocol to recover their health, with a success rate approaching 90%. If you go to Marshallprotocol.com and read "Success Stories", I think you will be most impressed. Huge numbers of people suffering from a wide range of autoimmune diseases are getting their health back.

The eponymous Trevor Marshall, is a recognised authority on the subject. He lectured in Glasgow at the conference established to investigate the possibility of supplementing vitamin D to prevent MS, attended I believe by the UK minister of health at that time. The Scottish government subsequently decided not to introduce supplementation. All his work is based on solid evidence from peer reviewed research from round the world. What Marshall brings to the subject is a degree of objectivity and clarity of thinking that has been sadly lacking in medicine.

I hope therefore that before you make the fatal mistake of endorsing vitamin D supplementation when it is likely to be entirely counterproductive, you will thoroughly read the MPKB and the Marshallprotocol site evidence.

Northerntruthseeker said...

Oh, but I have heard about these allegations of negative effects of taking vitamin D..... And I am not sold on them...

Too much has come forward now that shows that these reports of negative effects to be both erroneous and done purposely to keep people away from the importance of Vitamin D supplementation...

I will keep your comment up, however.. I do believe in a healthy debate on this issue as well as others.