Vitamin D’s Support of Prevention of Diabetes Onset
Benefits of Vitamin D in Preventing the Onset of Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany, in collaboration with the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf and the Department of Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Ulm, have conducted numerous studies involving the impact of Vitamin D in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Data has shown that those who consume a proper amount of Vitamin D are less likely to develop this condition. Diabetes Care, a scientific journal, reports these findings.
KORA study participants that had proper concentrations of Vitamin D in their system had a decreased risk of acquiring Type 2 diabetes mellitus. This could be a result of Vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory characteristic. Participants with less Vitamin D consumption had a greater risk. These results may have direct consequences for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.
According to researchers from the Institute for Epidemiology II at the Hemholtz Zentrum München, Vitamin D deficiency is common as a result of our modern way of living as well as lack of sunlight in the winter. When exposed to a decent amount of sunlight, the human body has the ability to produce Vitamin D on its own. This radiation from the sun results in the breakdown of Vitamin D into 7-dehydrocholesterol and provitamin D3. The production of Vitamin D also occurs in the kidneys and liver. By increasing our supply of Vitamin D3, it is quite possible that the prevention of Type II diabetes can be improved as well.
There are several ways in which our Vitamin D supply can be enhanced in addition to taking Vitamin D supplements. It can be obtained by eating eggs, milk products, olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish that is rich in Omega-3.
Type 2 diabetes is a disorder associated with glucose metabolism. Characteristics of this disorder include a decrease in hormone production in the body and a loss of insulin activity. This disorder is very common in Germany, in which over six million people have been diagnosed. Unfortunately, there could be a remarkable amount of undiagnosed cases as well.
Although no cure has been found for Type 2 diabetes mellitus, research has shown that lifestyle factors and genetics play a role in its onset. Since the mechanisms that provoke the disease are not fully understood, Helmholtz Zentrum München has been working hard to understand these processes in order to develop new techniques related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus.