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Vitamin D lowers risk of diabetes

PhotobucketThe “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D, was voted one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs by Time magazine. Continuing this trend, researchers found that it can significantly reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. This study was conducted by Manchester hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children, which was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system destroys pancreatic cells that produce the hormone insulin. This condition is also found to be more common among people of European heritage.

What previous scientific investigations found was people, who were newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes had a lower amount of vitamin D in their bodies, as opposed to those without the illness.

Vitamin D is typically manufactured through exposure to the sun. It has also been found that the disease is more prevalent in countries with less sun exposure than those with more. Therefore, it makes sense that children in Finland are 400 times more likely to suffer from the disease than those in Venezuela.

The Manchester research team gathered data from five other studies that analyzed the effects of taking vitamin D supplements.

Not only did the consumption of supplements appear to lower the risk, the result depended on how much the subjects took — the higher the dosage, the lower the risk of getting type 1 diabetes.

Other research studies have found that Vitamin D builds strong bones, prevents gum disease and colon disease, plus promotes fitness and longevity.

Experts recommend adults to consume 800 IU a day or 1,000 IU if you are over 70. Vitamin D is also found in fatty fish, eggs, milk and cereal as well as supplements.

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