»  News
 »  Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabetes1 Headlines

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Printer Friendly Version     Email this Article     Links/Reprints

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

Can Vitamin D Help Prevent Type 1 Diabetes?

June 12, 2008

By: Dan Weiman for Diabetes1
The causes of type 1 diabetes are largely unknown, but our understanding of the disease is growing at a quick rate. We know the disease does have some genetic basis, but children do not necessarily show signs of having the disease early in their lives. Type 1 diabetes is also categorized as an auto-immune disease, because the islet cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body of the diabetic, and thus the body cannot
Take Action
Facts to know about Vitamin D:

  • Vitamin D is called “The Sunshine Vitamin” because the sun is the best source of vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D deficit can lead to rickets in children and osteoporosis or osteomalacia in adults.
  • Though vitamin D deficit is a particular problem for women, everyone is at risk and should take the necessary steps to protect and take care of themselves.
  • Depression has also been linked to vitamin D deficit and osteoporosis, because people who are depressed don’t go out as often, don’t eat as well, and exercise less.
  • Look for vitamin D3, which is the same as what’s produced by the sun, as opposed to vitamin D2, which is more common in supplements – vitamin D3 is considered to be approximately 40-50% more effective than vitamin D2.
  • In the United States, the further north you live, the less vitamin D your body produces in the winter months, but, if you get enough sun exposure during the spring, summer and fall, your body can store the excess vitamin D in its fat to be released during the winter.
  • Vitamin D levels should be monitored by your doctor; your doctor can order a blood test to check them.
  • Vitamin D is found in foods like eggs, liver fortified milk and orange juice, cod liver oil, salmon, other oily fish, some cereals, beef liver, cheese and others.
  • You should always take a vitamin D supplement, no matter what time of year.
  • regulate its sugar levels without insulin therapy.
    However, scientists are taking a closer look at what may trigger type 1 diabetes in children. Part of the answer could lie in a vitamin deficiency. Vitamin D, known for its benefits to the immune system, has come under study as a means of possibly setting off type 1 diabetes.
    Vitamin D is primarily taken into the body through exposure to sunlight. It can also be taken in through diet, normally from either fish or dairy products, or delivered by means of a dietary supplement. However, there is a nearly negligible amount of vitamin D in breast milk, which makes infants and young children very susceptible to deficiency.
    Because of this risk, organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the British Government recommend giving Vitamin D supplements to breastfeeding children. While these recommendations are primarily based on making sure children developing healthy bones, they also appear to carry some weight when it comes possibly preventing the development of type 1 diabetes. A recent British study found that children that take Vitamin D supplements are 30 percent less likely to develop type 1 diabetes. The study also notes that there is a positive correlation with amount of vitamin D taken in through supplements and having a lower chance of developing type 1.
    The study was done with knowledge from earlier studies that suggest that countries in which children get little exposure to sunlight have higher rates of type 1 diabetes, and a study that showed that people with type 1 diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D than non-diabetics.
    While vitamin D deficiency is not a proven cause of type 1 diabetes, there are some strong correlations. For example, the study that found that children more exposed to sunlight were less likely to develop diabetes reported that children in Finland were 400 times more likely to develop diabetes than children in Venezuela. Another study also found that children with rickets, a common side-effect of vitamin D deficiency, are also more likely to have type 1 diabetes. Furthermore, we know that the pancreas has cells with receptors for vitamin D proteins to dock, although the reason for this is unclear.

    While the governments and medical authorities are hesitant to declare a strong connection between diabetes and low vitamin D levels, research on the connection will likely continue.


    Discuss Vitamin D and Type 1 Diabetes in our Forums More Forums

    Previous Stories

    U.S. Diet not Diabetes-Friendly

    Inaccurate Glucose Testing - What to Watch For

    The Benefits of Aspirin Therapy

    more Feature Stories


  • Add Comment

  • RSS
    From the BLOGS
    Comment By ricvisa
    more Blogs
    By FatCatAnna

    Posted: Mar 17, 2017
     Thanks for that Andre77 ... though in this area where you've posted "Type 1 Diabetes" - we already know we've got diabetes (50+ years for me).   DiabetesUK has a pretty good description of ...

    more more Forums Create a Topic
    Maintain Good Health Part2
    Shopping For Shoes- Maintaining Your Good Health
    Tips for choosing footwear...
    more more Featured Videos
    Cost Savings Tool
    Do you know the annual cost of managing your diabetes? Would you like to find ways to reduce your costs? Calculate your total budget and identify ways to save money. You can do this in just a few minutes by entering facts about the products you use. This quick analysis will provide you with a comprehensive overview of both spending and potential savings.

    Cost Savings Tool
    Monitor Comparison Tools
    Blood glucose monitors offer an easy way to test your blood sugar at home or on the go. Use this comparison tool as a guide to learn more about the features and benefits of your current monitor or to find a new one.
    Handheld Monitor Comparison
    Continuous Glucose Monitor Comparison
    Advanced BMI Calculator
    Ever wonder if you are at a healthy weight? Then enter your height and weight in our advanced Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. This tool provides you with two important numbers reflecting the estimated impact of your present body weight and shape upon your overall health.
    Advanced BMI Calculator
    more Care Tools
    Dr. Wayne Caputo

    Dr. Wayne Caputo:

    Simplifying Treatment of Diabetic Ulcers
      more Heroes
      nominate a Hero
      Hero policy
    Home | About Us | Press | Make a Suggestion | Content Syndication | Terms of Service | Editorial Policy | Privacy Policy
    Last updated: Jul 20, 2019  © 2019 Body1 All rights reserved.