The Vitamin That May Keep Away Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes is a distressingly common health risk, 13,000 young people a year develop type 1 diabetes. But a common vitamin may help reduce this risk.

Studies show that people who develop type 1 diabetes are frequently lacking in vitamin D.

German research now demonstrates that children in an early stage of developing type 1 antibodies and who already have blood tests showing they are prediabetic have less vitamin D in their bodies than healthier kids.

“Vitamin D deficiency precedes the onset of type 1 diabetes. This may be a consequence of an immune response,” says researcher Anette-Gabriele Ziegler. “In the case of prediabetic children, we must therefore be mindful of the risk of vitamin D deficiency and consider recommending vitamin D supplementation at an early stage of type 1 diabetes.”

 

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.