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Vitamin D levels and liver disease: Type I vs type II diabetes

Posted on: August 30, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


In the American epidemic of diabetes and obesity, doctors diagnose an additional 3,700 American children with type-2 diabetes every year. In addition, the most common form of liver disease in children, potentially severe, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is also increasing. If your child has diabetes, his or her chances of getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease increase significantly. What is not known is how the two are connected; nor is it known if the liver disease impairs the liver’s ability to make 25(OH)D in these children, thus rendering them even more D deficient than sun avoidance would otherwise leave them.

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4 Responses to Vitamin D levels and liver disease: Type I vs type II diabetes

  1. Mistea1

    I’m not sure I understand this. So far Vit D is cheap and one doesn’t have to pay for a provider visit in order to start it. Having it as a prescription would seem to make it less available. thanks

  2. [email protected]

    Why do you want 25(OH)D to be made by a drug company when D3 is readily available over the counter?

  3. John Cannell, MD

    25(OH)D should be made by a vitamin company. I’d like it available for those with liver disease who cannot hydroxylate D and for rapid increases in 25(OH)D like in someone dying of pneumonia.


  4. Dan

    An interesting question: does Vitamin D protect adolescents from fatty liver when eating a high carb diet with Omega-6 PUFA ratio bad?

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