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Lack of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Background

The study was conducted on around 150 people in Spain. The participants were tested for diabetes, early symptoms of diabetes, and other blood sugar disorders. The study was designed to test the participant’s Vitamin D levels and compare them to their risk of diabetes. Vitamin D can be produced when the body is exposed to sunlight, and it is also found in certain foods. The researchers claim more than 1 billion people across the world have low vitamin D levels due to their general limited exposure to sunlight.

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Results

According to the study, severely overweight people who didn’t already have diabetes or related disorders had higher Vitamin D levels than those with diabetes. More healthy people with diabetes or related disorders were shown to have lower Vitamin D levels than those without diabetes or similar disorders. “Our findings indicate that vitamin D is associated more closely with glucose metabolism than obesity,” said study author Manuel Macias-Gonzalez, of the University of Malaga in Spain. In other words, the results show that Vitamin D levels were more closely linked to blood sugar levels than obesity or body mass index, contrary to popular belief. He also said that the results of the study suggest that Vitamin D deficiency and obesity may possibly work together to increase the overall risk of diabetes. The study, however, wasn’t an indicator of whether or not vitamin D plays a role in directly causing diabetes. The study only managed to uncover an association between Vitamin D and diabetes.

These findings were published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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