A new study shows that 60 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes have vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D can affect bone health, as well as having other adverse effects.
The study's authors recommended widespread screening for vitamin D deficiency among diabetics, or routine vitamin D supplementation.
Cardiovascular Problems Due to Lack of Vitamin D
The study compared the vitamin D blood levels of more than 450 type 2 diabetics with a similar number of non-diabetics.
The diabetics with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to be women, and to be taking insulin or cholesterol-lowering drugs. More than 30 percent of the diabetics had cardiovascular disease, which has been linked to low vitamin D levels.
Other Risks of DiabetesAnother study that surveyed 30 high-risk diabetics indicated that many would benefit from taking a greater interest in their own health care. As many as 40 percent of diabetes-related limb amputations performed in the UK could have been avoided with adequate preventative care, but a third of diabetics do not discuss the subject with their doctors. Seven out of 10 diabetes patients who lose a limb die within five years.
Vitamin D is the most common vitamin deficiency in the United States. Most of us simply don't get enough sun exposure due to a combination of misinformation from health care professionals and spending far too much time indoors.
As a result we don't have the sun shinning on our bare skin and we miss the amazing health benefits of vitamin D. Nearly 60 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes and most don't have any appreciation that they are deficient in vitamin D.
This is especially problematic as most are at high risk or have cardiovascular disease and vitamin D is well known to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Fortunately, the solution is simple. You just need to have more sun exposure on your skin, as that is without question the best source of vitamin D. When you obtain your vitamin D this way there is virtually no risk of overdosing. Therefore, you don't need to monitor your vitamin D levels with a blood test unless you suffer from a serious autoimmune disorder like multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.
It's important that you take responsibility for your own health to prevent diseases like diabetes from cutting down your life expectancy.
This is especially imporant for diabetes as it is my experience that by following the principles below nearly everyone can cause their blood sugar to come under control without drugs or insulin.