Vitamin D and Diabetes

Cooking for DiabeticsRecent studies have revealed that low levels of vitamin D are much more common in obese children than those who aren’t obese.

A study involving 411 obese children and 87 of “average” weight children was conducted to measure the children’s vitamin D levels, blood sugar levels, serum insulin, body mass index, and blood pressure. They were also asked about their daily intake of soda, juice, milk, fruits and vegetables, as well as whether or not they routinely skipped breakfast.

The results? Findings of this study will be published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, although some information has been given.

“Our study found that obese children with lower vitamin D levels had higher degrees of insulin resistance,” lead author Dr. Micah Olson, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Although our study cannot prove causation, it does suggest that low vitamin D levels may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.”

What also leads to lower vitamin D levels?

According to this study, obese children who have poor dietary habits, routinely skip breakfast, and consume large quantities of soda and juice tend to have lower vitamin D levels.

Past Vitamin D Studies

While the full extent is not known, past vitamin D dificiency studies have been linked to a number of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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