Type 2 diabetes is a disease that has largely been deemed preventable, yet many people find that following a healthy diet and getting exercise still isn’t enough to prevent it.
A new study, however, reveals that lacking enough of ONE common vitamin may be a major cause of this disease.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies that cause serious disease are largely considered to be third world problems, but scientists are finding with ever-increasing frequency that even in developed countries, diseases caused by vitamin deficiency occur all the time.
One vitamin in particular is not only found to be critical in most of the systems in the body; namely, digestive, musculo-skeletal, and endocrine, but is also the number 1 deficiency in the US.
Innumerable problems occur with a vitamin D deficiency, but researchers in the Clinical Biology Department at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark recently released a study showing how a deficiency can cause type 2 diabetes.
Vitamin D is critical to beta cells in the pancreas; low plasma levels of vitamin D are responsible for insulin resistance, decreased insulin sensitivity, and failure to produce insulin.
The best way to boost vitamin D levels in the blood is to produce it yourself with exposure to the sun’s rays. However, in the winter it can be difficult to do. The next best step is to take a D3 capsule with meals. However, taking it on an empty stomach limits the absorption in the blood.
As a fat-soluble vitamin, it can accumulate in the liver if taken in mega-doses, particularly if it’s taken without food, so follow the recommendations on the label if you supplement with capsules as to how much to take.