A new trial published in the Journal of Nephropathology has found that vitamin D supplementation helps lower blood pressure in type 2 diabetes.
High blood pressure is very common in people with type 2 diabetes. Two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure or report taking medication to help lower blood pressure.
In type 2 diabetes, the body has a difficult time producing enough insulin or using the insulin that is produced from beta-cells in the pancreas. Insulin helps convert sugar and starches into glucose, which insulin then helps the body to store and use for energy. When insulin doesn’t properly store or use glucose, it begins to build up in the blood stream. Any sort of build-up in the blood stream makes the heart have to work harder to move blood throughout the body, which increases blood pressure.