The Buzz About Vitamin D

What’s the buzz about Vitamin D?  Here’s help for diabetes sufferers.

The wellness world talks about Vitamin D in the prevention of disease and optimum wellness.  Vitamin D affects 2,000+ genes in your body!

Sunshine vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone present in few foods; some fish, fish liver oils, eggs, fortified dairy, and grains. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight striking the skin trigger vitamin D synthesis; vitamin D is produced by the body in response.

Symptoms of Low D:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain/weakness/cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless sleep
  • More

Vitamin D & Diabetes

Science indicates long term administration of Vitamin D3 in prevention of diabetes, and decreases in insulin resistance.  What if you already have diabetes?  Good news: there’s links between intake of Vitamin D3 and the reduction of neuropathy (diabetic nerve pain).

  • 2011 study of how much vitamin D people were getting by measuring their vitamin D blood level or by administering a vitamin D supplement, and followed participants to see if they got T2D later in life. People with higher vitamin D levels (>25 ng/ml) had a decreased chance of getting T2D later in life compared to those with the lowest levels (<14 ng/ml).
  • 2012 study examined how much vitamin D people were getting by measuring their vitamin D blood level. The researchers then followed participants to see if they got T2D later in life. People with the highest vitamin D blood levels had a 19% decreased chance of developing T2D compared to those with the lowest levels.
  • In 2013 researchers combined studies examining how much vitamin D people got by measuring their vitamin D blood level, then following participants to see if they got T2D later in life. Participants with highest levels had a decreased diabetes risk. Every 4 ng/ml increase in vitamin D was associated with a 4% lower risk of getting T2D later in life.

Get vitamin D by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This happens quickly, particularly in summer. Don’t tan or burn! You only need to expose your skin for half the time it takes to turn pink or burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live, and your skin color. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

  • Optimal is 50-70 ng/ml
  • Therapeutic levels 70-100 ng/ml

If you can’t get sunlight, or scared to, Vitamin D3 is the best kind to take. Check out GrassrootsHealth.net for more info.

  1. Mitri J, Muraru MD, Pittas Ag. Vitamin D and type 2 diabetes: a systematic review. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011.
  2. Khan H, et al. Vitamin D, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2012.
  3. Song Y, et al. Blood 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels and incident type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, May 2013.

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