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Calcium, Vitamin D may prevent Diabetes

People with high intakes of vitamin D supplementation may prove calcium and vitamin D, whether from to be a healthy and inexpensive way to supplements or food may lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a research review published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The research review found that those with the highest intakes of vitamin D and calcium had an 18 percent lower risk of diabetes compared to those who had lesser vitamin D and calcium intake. Likewise, people who ate the most dairy products also had lower diabetes (14 percent) risk than those who ate the least dairy.

Although the link between calcium and vitamin D and diabetes risk is still not clear, researchers explain that both nutrients may play an important role in the functioning of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, and in the body’s proper use of insulin.

Only a few studies have so far investigated whether vitamin D and calcium supplements can improve the body’s insulin sensitivity and blood sugar metabolism, most of which were found to have conflicting results. Some studies have shown, however, that the supplements may prevent the onset of developing type 2 diabetes in people who are already pre-diabetics depending on their blood sugar levels, according to the researchers.

They conclude that more trials are needed to be able to provide concrete results before fully recommending calcium or vitamin D for managing diabetes. Researchers further note that if this happens, calcium and vitamin D supplementation may prove to be a healthy and inexpensive way to prevent or treat type 2 diabetes.

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  1. mohamed Reply

    what is the possible mechanism of calcium on islet cell?
    is it independent with vitD?

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