People deficient in vitamin D might have a greater risk of developing diabetes, report researchers in a new study.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Seoul National University studied 903 healthy adults without pre-diabetes or diabetes during clinic visits from 1997 to 1999, and followed up with them for 10 years, to study their levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin and their medical condition. Their findings were published this week in PLOS One.
“Further research is needed on whether high 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels might prevent type 2 diabetes or the transition from pre-diabetes to diabetes,” study co-author Dr. Cedric F. Garland, adjunct professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, said in a press release. “But this paper and past research indicate there is a strong association.”
The 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is known as the “sunshine” vitamin because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight, also can be received through certain foods and supplements. The vitamin helps in growth and development of bones and teeth, and resistance against certain diseases.