New trial shows vitamin D improves blood sugar control in children with type 1 diabetes

Posted on: December 5, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas

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A new study published in Minerva Pediatrica has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation helps to improve blood sugar control in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) differs from type 2 diabetes (T2D) in that T1D is an autoimmune disorder that destroys certain cells in the pancreas and requires insulin. T2D is often caused by lifestyle factors such as obesity and a diet high in sugars.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the pancreatic beta cells that help to produce insulin. The cause of T1D is unknown and the disease is characterized by the body’s inability to make enough insulin, which leads to the need for insulin injections.

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2 Responses to New trial shows vitamin D improves blood sugar control in children with type 1 diabetes

  1. Yasir Mahmood

    Hi Jeff

    Although we have to go a long way to make sure people about the beneficial effects of vitamin D, but good news are continuously coming from all over the globe.

    Yesterday, I found very interesting thing in my local newspaper. Someone asked from a religious scholar to the spiritual healing of body pain and muscular aching. I was very surprised to see the answer of the scholar that he advised the person to take ample sunlight to overcome vitamin D3 deficiency. He also added to eat olive oil which is thought to be a sacred oil among Muslims.

    Thanks

  2. Rebecca Oshiro

    Tack this on to the endless list of reasons to take vitamin D. I manage my MIL’s diabetes and 4,000 IU of vitamin D per day is part of her regimen. While exercise and diet likely play the primary role in her excellent blood sugar control, this study makes me hopeful the vitamin D is helpful too.

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