Diabetes is on the rise among Aussies – especially those with low levels of vitamin D, a new study reveals. In the largest research endeavor of its type, scientists discovered that the participants with lower blood levels of vitamin D were at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The indication is for people to be able to lower their susceptibility by increasing their vitamin D levels, in combination with exercise and diet, for better overall health.
The journal Diabetes Care published the results of the study, which were also shared at a conference of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. One point of note is that even after data was fine-tuned to account for the participants’ varied exercise habits and weights, vitamin D deficiency prevailed as an independent risk factor.
It’s estimated that as many as one-third of Australia’s citizens could be low in vitamin D, particularly in regions that are short on sunlight. Observers should bear in mind that the blood level set as a metric for deficiency is anything less than 50 nmol/L, although many experts maintain that number should be higher.
Based on these findings, one researcher is beginning a new study with the goal of raising the blood level of vitamin D in pre-diabetic subjects to 75 nmol/L. He noted research of this nature has been a long time coming, thanks to a lack of funding – especially from drug companies.
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