Diabetes due to vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency plays a much greater role in the development of type 2 diabetes and its precursors than previously thought. In fact, it has always been thought that overweight is an enormous risk factor for diabetes. It has now been shown that overweight is still an important risk factor for diabetes, but there are other factors that are at least as dangerous when it comes to the emergence of the problematic metabolic disease.
Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor that affects the diabetes risk even more than overweight.
Yes, you may be overweight, but still not in danger of developing diabetes, simply because your vitamin D level is healthy – as a study by the Spanish Universidad de Málaga shows.
The team of Dr. Mercedes Clemente-Postigo determined the vitamin D level of 148 test persons.
Vitamin D perhaps more important than losing weight
In the evaluation it turned out that vitamin D can apparently protect against diabetes despite obesity, while slim persons despite their normal weight can develop diabetes, if they have a vitamin D deficiency.
Overweight subjects in the Spanish study had normal blood glucose levels when their vitamin D levels were in order. Diabetics, on the other hand, were more likely to suffer from a vitamin D deficiency – even if they were slim and slender.
So it seems to be significantly more important in terms of the risk of diabetes to bring vitamin D levels to the fore than to reduce weight.
Therefore, first determine your vitamin D level. This does not have to happen to the doctor. You can take your blood at home (at your finger) and measure the vitamin D content of your blood from a laboratory.
You can order the right vitamin D test set online for under 30 Euros. Within a few days you will receive the results, including post-evaluation directly from the lab.
Based on the results, you can now see in our vitamin D tables how much vitamin D you have to take in order to achieve a healthy vitamin D level.
- Dr. Mercedes Clemente-Postigo et al., “Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Adipose Tissue Vitamin D Receptor Gene Expression: Relationship With Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.”, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, February 2015