People with prediabetes and newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes may be able to slow the progression of the disease by taking vitamin D.
Consuming the molecule could help the body metabolize glucose according to a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology . The work builds on studies that demonstrate that there is a worldwide problem with vitamin D deficiency and links the deficiency with the inability to process sugar.
The study involved 96 participants who had or had a high risk of diabetes Recently, type 2 was diagnosed. Researchers asked one group to take 5,000 IU of vitamin D for six months while the others received a placebo. The participants did not know which group they belong to. At the end of the experiment, researchers measured variables, including their insulin sensitivity, and participants completed questionnaires on their weekly sun exposure ̵
5000 IE are considered high dose, with 600 to 4,000 IE considered safe, though it is believed that some people may need them to more for prevention to take chronic diseases.
The team found that taking Vitamin D improved the effect of insulin in muscle tissue after six months. However, the study was limited, as it only concerned French Canadians, which meant that the results might not be related to a broader population, the authors wrote.
Future studies could investigate the mechanisms that cause people to respond differently to vitamin D, and whether the changes observed would persist in the long term, they said.
study co-author know that vitamin D regulates many genes involved in diabetes. Animal and in vitro studies have also shown that vitamin D can directly or indirectly enhance insulin secretion and insulin action by reducing systemic inflammation to a lesser degree. "]
" This study is significant because it shows that taking vitamin D may potentially slow the metabolic deterioration in people at high risk of diabetes or newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
But she said it was not clear whether patients with type 2 diabetes would benefit from vitamin D supplementation over a long period of time.
Gagnon continued to warn that the study did not give a green light to the intake of high amounts represents vitamin D.
She said: "At this stage, the results of our study must be confirmed in other studies. In addition, the safety of high-dose vitamin D supplementation (as used in our study) has not been demonstrated beyond 6 months. I would therefore suggest at the present time to follow the current recommendation. "
Taking the recommended amount to promote bone health is important," she said.
Dan Howarth Head of Nursing at The Charity Diabetes UK, who had not cooperated in the project, said Newsweek : "This study shows that high doses of vitamin D supplements are safe and suggest that they alter the biology of type 2 diabetes and could potentially help improve production and use of insulin through the body.
"However, there is mixed evidence beyond this study, and further research is needed to understand if vitamin D supplements can help reduce a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, and who would benefit the most.
"The best way to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes is to have a healthy, balanced diet and the most active physical activity possible. If you eat healthily, you should not need any vitamin supplements, and regular exercise can also help improve your insulin sensitivity.
About 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, with 90 to 95 percent of those affected being Type 2, according to the Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases . Over the last two decades, it has become The number of adults with diabetes more than triples in the US
The cells of people with type 2 diabetes do not respond properly to insulin, a hormone that converts sugar into energy, which increases blood sugar levels that damage and leave the body untreated
Depending on the severity of the condition, a person may treat their diabetes with injectable insulin or pills that help regulate blood sugar. Because obesity is a risk factor, it can cause heart disease, blindness and kidney problems. it has also been shown that a diet change leads to  9,459,005] in some people reversing type 2 diabetes. Most people have prediabetes before they develop type 2 diabetes, and lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity can stop or slow the development of type 2 diabetes.