In a recent study carried out in Brazil, suggests that increasing levels of vitamin D could help in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It also helps in lowering glucose levels. The study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
An Observational Study to Understand the Positive Effects of Vitamin D
Benefits of vitamin D are well known, as it helps in promoting bone health. As per different other researches, have shown a clear relationship between glycemic control and vitamin D. They further suggested that vitamin D improves pancreatic beta-cell function and increases insulin sensitivity. In this cross-sectional analysis, 680 Brazilian women were involved between the ages of 35 to 74 years. The objective of the study was to evaluate the possible association between increased glycemia and vitamin D deficiency.
Among these women interviewed, 3.5% (24 of them) reported taking vitamin D supplements. And these supplements were found negatively linked with high glucose levels. In addition, general exposure to the sun also showed a similar association, implying that vitamin D deficiencies are linked with high blood glucose levels.
However, there is no causal relationship been proven, but a low level of vitamin D may have a significant role in type 2 diabetes mellitus. It was termed by Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton who is a NAMS executive director. He further added saying vitamin D supplements might help in improving blood sugar control; however, intervention studies are still needed.