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Recent reports of a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency may be linked to the hike in diabetes rates if researchers at the German Diabetes Center and the University of Ulm are correct in their estimations.
In a review, a team of scientists found that individuals with adequate vitamin D levels were significantly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The researchers noted that this may be due to the nutrient’s anti-inflammatory effects.
“If follow-up studies confirm our results, a targeted improvement in the supply of vitamin D to the general public could at the same time reduce the risk of developing diabetes,” said researcher Barbara Thorand, Ph.D.
The body is able to synthesize vitamin D in the liver and kidneys, as well as the skin when exposed to sunlight, the study authors noted. Additionally, people can increase their intake of the vitamin by eating fatty fish, eggs, liver and full-fat dairy products. An array of natural nutritional supplements also contain vitamin D.
Results of this study suggest that increasing one’s intake of vitamin D may be one healthy lifestyle change that may prevent type 2 diabetes, along with consuming a balanced diet and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.