Playing Defense Against Diabetes

Vitamin D

For about 4 years now my doctor has been checking my vitamin D level and has me on supplementation to keep my level as close to optimal as possible. For those that spend the majority of our day indoors, there is typically a vitamin D deficiency. My doctor wants my level between his preferred range of 40-70 ng/ml. I find my levels are best during the summer months when I tend to get more sun – obviously. I’m not a doctor, but would recommend you discuss this area with your regular physician because it could help you too.

Here are some recent articles that support optimal vitamin D levels:

[men’s health] According to the July/Aug issue of Men’s Health, a study suggested that people with low blood levels of vitamin D are 47% more likely to develop prediabetes.

[Reuters] “Lower levels of vitamin D circulating in the bloodstream are tied to a higher risk of developing diabetes…[type 2]”

[Yahoo News] “For every 5 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) increase in vitamin D levels, the risk of developing diabetes [type 2] dropped by 8%.”

Some Possible Benefits of Vitamin D

  • Improved balance
  • Stronger & healthy bones
  • Improved muscle strength
  • May lower risk of some cancers
  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • Less tooth loss
  • Better thinking
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improved Insulin sensitivity

Some of these claims may be stronger than others, but there is evidence of each to some extent. Do a simple Google search and you will see for yourself. With all of these possible benefits and almost no downside, why not take vitamin D supplements? I simply take 1 pill twice a week and it brought my level from the 20s to 50. With an Rx from my doctor I get a strong dose that is a generic and very low cost. Seriously, I can’t afford to NOT take more vitamin D.

Tip: Vitamin D supplements are much better than ultraviolet rays (sunshine/tanning booth)

Blood Test: You can suggest to your doctor to test your vitamin D, by checking your 25-hydroxy D

Author: Andrew S. Hostetler

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