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Diabetes: Vitamin D Offers Many Health Benefits

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Vitamin D wasn't making the news much a few years ago. But increasingly, research on Vitamin D is revealing its versatility and strengths.

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has reported that Vitamin D may reduce the risk of diabetes and decrease the adverse effects upon those who already have diabetes.

Many people with diabetes do not have adequate levels of Vitamin D. Since Vitamin D seems to be involved with insulin sensitivity, this is a significant lack.

One study found that Vitamin D supplementation could have a positive effect on type 1 diabetes. Other studies suggest that Vitamin D could be instrumental in regulating type 2 diabetes as well.

Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., was the study co-author and is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. She points out that Vitamin D plays a role in preventing and regulating glucose intolerance.

"Vitamin D deficiency also may be associated with hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hypertension and heart disease. In fact, Penckofer recently published another study in Circulation that reported on the role of chronic vitamin D deficiency in heart disease."


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What is most important in terms of vitamin D health is to maintain at least 50 ng/ml, 25 OH D (activated vitamin D) YEAR ROUND!
The oft cited level of 30 ng/ml, 25 OH D, is not normal, not healthy, and behind the times!

The people who study vitamin D exclusively insist upon this level. Do not bother with your doctor's views- sorry- 99% of them are playing catch up so much as to not even be remotely informed about the new developments. As a way of determining the veracity of that statement ask yourself, your doctor "why didn't he/she advise me of this 3 years ago?”

Vitamin D deficiency is the root cause of many chronic, early onset diseases. Do your own research and educate your self and insist your docs do as well. Statistically, what your doctor doesn't know about vitamin D health will, again- statistically, certainly make you sick and probably kill you before your time.

NOTHING approaches the importance in medical terms of vitamin D health. Its deficiency is at the root of so many common diseases it defies a comprehensive list- just too many to count.

One other thing about vitamin D levels at or above 50 ng/ml.... you'll feel 25 years younger if you are in your 50's. If you don't than you'll be the first!

June 23, 2010 - 6:30pm
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