Vitamin/Hormone D Deficiency Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

An Australian study looked at total of 6,537 individuals, and found that Vitamin D (which is actually is a hormone) deficiency was linked to an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

In the study, each 25 nmol/L increment in serum 25OHD was associated with a 24% reduced risk of diabetes, which is quite impressive.


Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, Calcium Intake, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes After 5 Years

Claudia Gagnon, Zhong X. Lu, Dianna J. Magliano, PHD, David W. Dunstan, PHD, Jonathan E. Shaw, MD, Paul Z. Zimmet, MD, Ken Sikaris, MD, Narelle Grantham, PHD, Peter R. Ebeling, MD and Robin M. Daly, PHD. Results from a national, population-based prospective study (the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study) Diabetes Care May 2011 vol. 34 no. 5 1133-1138

Learn more about Vitamin D and Diabetes connection.


This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.


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