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Study Finds Vitamin D May Cut Diabetes Risk in Kids

Giving young children vitamin D supplements may lower their risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life, according to a tem of researchers from St. Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children in Manchester, England.

The study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, found that children who took vitamin D supplements were around 30% less likely to develop diabetes than those who did not.

Study results were from a pooled data from five studies which examinied the effect of vitamin D supplementation. Results further showed that intake of vitamin D supplements not only lowered the risk of developing diabetes, but that the effect was dose=-dependent– with higher and more regular vitamin D supplement doses lowering the likelihood of developing the disease better.

Previous studies have associated lower concentrations of vitamin D with the development of new-onset diabetes. Some studies have even found a connection between low exposure to sunlight with diabetes prevalence. Low levels of vitamin D and sunlight exposure have also been linked to other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D is also though to help keep the immune system healthy and may also protect cells from damage due to the chemicals that control inflammation.

However, experts call for more extensive research before arriving at a concfrete association between vitamin D and type 1 diabetes, in particular, controlled trials that would compare the results between two grops of people where one group is given vitamin D supplementation and the other group is not given supplementation.

Because of the results of the said study, UK government experts suggested vitamin D supplementation for the first 2 years of a child’s life, while the Chief Medical Officers for England recommended enough vitamin D suplements for the first 5 years of life.

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