Scientific Sessions Update: Exploring the Role of Vitamin D in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

There is a lot of talk about vitamin D in the diabetes world – could it really help prevent type 2 diabetes? Does a vitamin D deficiency lead to complications? Researchers at Scientific Sessions are asking the same questions and have presented their findings over the last few days.

First of all, could vitamin D help prevent type 2 diabetes? One study looked at the data compiled from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and found that the more vitamin D a person has in their system, the lower their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, even after researchers adjusted for differences in lifestyle interventions and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The researchers recommend conducting more research into whether vitamin D supplements reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Another study found that higher levels of vitamin D predicted better beta cell function (the cells that produce insulin) and better glucose control during a glucose tolerance test. This supports the idea that vitamin D may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes – but again, research needs to be conducted to see if vitamin D supplements are similarly effective.

And what about a link between vitamin D deficiency and diabetes-related complications? One study looked at youth with type 1 diabetes and the connection between vitamin D deficiency and microvascular complications, including eye problems. They found that those who were deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to have eye problems – although they’re still not quite sure why.

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2 Responses to Scientific Sessions Update: Exploring the Role of Vitamin D in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

  1. julian castiblanco says:

    Hi, I’m very new in the world of the diabetes. These kind of articles are very important for me. Would you give me information about what kind of food has high content of Vitamin D?

  2. Manish says:

    This is very important co-relation, i had a discussion with my physician and he also seemed to suggest this, anyways Vit. D and Vit. B12 indeed play important part in body’s metabolism and may be even diabetes management.

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