A new study suggests that taking vitamin D could prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and even offer a treatment for the condition. Researchers found that vitamin D also known as the “sunshine vitamin” could tackle the inflammatory processes that lead to diabetes.
- In the U.S., 30 million people have the lifelong condition.
- Also, since obesity rates are on the rise, the number of diabetes patients could further grow.
- Obesity is one of the top risk factors for the disease.
Diabetes appears when the pancreas can no longer properly produce insulin, a hormone that keeps blood sugar levels in check. If there is too much glucose in the bloodstream, cells and issues can become intoxicated.
The latest study, which appeared in the journal Cell, found that vitamin D can slow down the onset of type 2 diabetes, by providing a strong protection to the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
Vitamin D Can Keep Diabetes at Bay
Vitamin D is usually produced by the body when the skin gets in direct contact with sunlight. Past research has highlighted a link between low levels of vitamin D and elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It is the first time a study tries to understand the mechanism behind the link. Vitamin D is extremely healthy, it promotes bone maintenance and cell growth and boosts the immune system and the brain.
The latest research unveiled another benefit of the sunshine vitamin. It can be a strong anti-inflammatory.
We know that diabetes is a disease caused by inflammation,
senior author Ronald Evans, MD, said.
In their research, scientists studied the effects of vitamin D on beta cells with help from stem cells. The team found that the vitamin had a protective role when it comes to beta cells. Also, vitamin D pushed mice’s blood sugar levels into healthy ranges, which makes it a good treatment for the condition.
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