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Vitamin D News: Can D3 Help Prevent Type I Diabetes?

After many decades of working in the natural health industry, it pleases me greatly to see that research continues to uncover Mother Nature’s power and central role in human health and wellness. A provocative new study on vitamin D recently came across my desk that really caught my attention, and I wanted to pass along the information to you...

A Correlation Discovered

Researchers at the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine have announced a remarkable new discovery that they uncovered while studying vitamin D3. They found a link between “The Sunshine Vitamin” and Type I diabetes.

I found this study, which was published in December’s issue of Diabetologia, to be particularly relevant because of its length and scope. It studied nearly 2,000 individuals’ blood work for six years. So often we see stories and news clips about study results that sound so promising, but then we learn that they were only conducted in vitro without human trials, and only for a few weeks or months. These results appear to be very real and very (immediately) applicable.

 

The Six-Year Vitamin D3 Study

After six years of monitoring the blood levels of the near 2,000 participants, the research team was able to demonstrate a connection between low vitamin D levels and a risk for Type I diabetes, suggesting vitamin D might actually play a role in preventing the disease.

According the release issued by the University of California, previous studies had already been done that showed a potential link between D3 and Type I diabetes, but this new in-depth study went one step further... its results provided the “dose-response relationship,” meaning researchers were able to determine how much vitamin D3 was needed to have beneficial protective effects.

Researchers used blood samples that had been gathered and stored by the United States Department of Defense. They selected 1,000 individuals who later developed Type I diabetes and 1,000 individuals who did not as a control group.

  

The Findings...

By comparing the levels of vitamin D3 in the respective groups, researchers were able to deduce that “for most people, 4,000 IU per day of vitamin D3 will be needed to achieve the effective levels” needed to reduce the risk of developing the disease later in life, according to study co-author Cedric Garland, professor in UCSD’s Department of Family and Preventative Medicine.

For more information on this new study, click here. If you’re interested in putting these findings into action, I urge you to speak with your personal physician or health care provider and ask for a vitamin D blood serum level test.  I’m not saying that taking a vitamin D supplement will prevent the development of diabetes or any other disease, but it’s clear from this research that our vitamin D levels can have a profound impact on our current and future good health.

As always, I wish you the very best of health,

Lee Swanson

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