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    Default Vitamin D Supplements Help Diabetics Control Sugar Levels

    Bryan Hubbard
    August 8 2019

    Taking vitamin D supplements can slow the progress of type 2 diabetes—and possibly even reverse prediabetes, the precursor of the disease.
    High doses of the supplement—up to 10 times the recommended daily allowance—help the body regain its capacity to process glucose, or blood sugar. Diabetics have become insulin resistant, and, as a result, can't break down glucose properly.
    But after taking the supplement for six months, glucose metabolism was starting to improve, say researchers from Laval University in Quebec. It had a positive effect even among diabetics whose vitamin D levels were normal.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Supplements Help Diabetics Control Sugar Levels

    Too bad this article--and several others I read--did not mention the type of vit. D. Upon further research, I found that the study used 5,000 IUs of D3 daily. After 6 months, participants showed improved insulin sensitivity and improved beta cell function. I'm surprised 5,000 IUs would have this effect. But, the study mentioned that almost all participants were very low on vit. D at the start of the study.

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    Default Re: Vitamin D Supplements Help Diabetics Control Sugar Levels

    I am surprised too, since 8000 IUs a day is a maintenance dose. You would have to be pretty empty of vitamin D for 5000 IUs to make a difference.
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    Default Re: Vitamin D Supplements Help Diabetics Control Sugar Levels

    Based on my second read, half of the 96 participants in this double-blind, placebo study received 5,000 IUs daily and showed improvement. But, they were all "newly" diagnosed T2D or pre-diabetic. The researchers conceded that such a small amount of Vit. D3 may not have worked as well for more entrenched diabetic patients. Bottom line: much more research needs to be done.

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