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Taking Vitamin D May Reduce Diabetes Risk

May 25, 2008 10:27 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A study suggests children who take vitamin D are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes as adults. Diabetes affects millions and their number is growing.

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Children who take vitamin D supplements may be 30 percent less likely to develop type 1 diabetes as adults, reports Health Day.

Researchers also determined that children in sunny climates, whose bodies can absorb sufficient vitamin D from natural sunlight, may have a similarly reduced risk for the disease.

Type 1 diabetes affects millions of people in Europe and America. The number of new cases is expected to grow by 40 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Physician and health blogger John Briffa says the study, while not conclusive, is “another piece in the ever-growing body of evidence linking vitamin D and sunlight with benefits for health and disease-protection in both adults and children.”

The human body absorbs sunlight and converts it into vitamin D. The vitamin is also found in fish and milk.

Other recent studies have associated higher vitamin D blood levels in adults with lower levels of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes interferes with how the body processes sugar, and has a number of adverse impacts on health if untreated. The condition can be managed with insulin, medication and diet.

Headline Link: Lack of vitamin D in childhood raises chance of diabetes

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Reference: Living with diabetes and how vitamins help promote health

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