Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More Interesting News On Vitamin D: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Poor Blood Sugar Control In Type 2 Diabetes

Periodically I have placed articles concerning health issues and the miraculous effects just adding Vitamin D supplements to your daily routine can do for your body. So far we have discovered that adding Vitamin D to a daily diet works wonders for helping the body fight off a vast assortments of ailments and for strengthening the body's immune system overall.

Now comes a new report, thanks to Natural News at www.naturalnews.com, that shows that low Vitamin D levels in the human body has been linked to poor blood sugar control in Type 2 Diabetes patients. Here is the Natural News article for my own readers to view:

Low vitamin D levels linked to poor blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), almost 11 percent of Americans age 20 or older have diabetes. And the most common form of this disease, type 2 diabetes, has reached epidemic proportions. Now scientists have found a link between vitamin D deficiency and the inability of many patients with this kind of diabetes to keep their blood sugar under control. What's more, this raises the strong possibility that, along with being overweight and sedentary, a lack of vitamin D could be a major factor in triggering type 2 diabetes in the first place.

Esther Krug, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, just presented this research in San Diego at the Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting. "This finding supports an active role of vitamin D in the development of Type 2 diabetes," Dr. Krug said in a statement to the media.

Krug and her research team reviewed the medical charts of 124 people between the ages of 36 and 89 years old who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and treated at an endocrine outpatient clinic between 2003 and 2008. As part of their health evaluations, all of these patients had their serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels measured at the clinic. So the researchers looked to see how many of the patients had normal levels of the so-called "sunshine" vitamin.

The answer? Almost none. In fact, an astonishing 91 percent of the patients studied had either vitamin D deficiency (defined as a level below 15 nanograms per deciliter, or ng/dL) or vitamin D insufficiency (15 to 31 ng/dL), the authors reported. When the investigators looked at the patients' levels of hemoglobin A1c (a measure of blood sugar control over the past several months), they came up with another startling fact. There was a clear relationship between uncontrolled blood sugar and low levels of vitamin D. African-Americans were found to have the highest A1c levels and were most deficient in vitamin D, when compared to Caucasians.

"Since primary care providers diagnose and treat most patients with type 2 diabetes, screening and vitamin D supplementation as part of routine primary care may improve health outcomes of this highly prevalent condition," Dr. Krug concluded.

NaturalNews has previously reported on other natural ways to treat and even prevent type 2 diabetes -- including eating Mediterranean style by consuming a diet rich in "good" fats (like Omega-3s and olive oil), veggies, fruit and whole grains. A study published last fall in the
Annals of Internal Medicine concluded the Mediterranean diet dramatically improved type 2 diabetes and even eliminated the need for many people to take blood glucose regulating medication (http://www.naturalnews.com/027140_d...)

NTS Notes: It is amazing that there is such a rapid rise in the cases of Type 2 Diabetes, especially in Canada and the United States. The fact is that due to the sedentary lifestyle that many people suffer from today, they are not exposed to enough natural Vitamin D that can be easily obtained by exposure to sunlight, and risk of getting Diabetes is the result.

Just spending a couple of hours daily in the sun produces enough Vitamin D in the body for proper health. Due to lifestyles and the fact that people are not getting enough sunlight, the suggested alternative is to supplement your diet with up to 5000 IU of vitamin D daily.

Another important fact and information about the benefits of Vitamin D!

More to come

NTS


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