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Vitamin D intake could lower diabetes risk: Study

IANS  |  New York 

While helps in promoting bone health, a new study suggests that it may also promote greater sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing Type-2

The study, conducted only on women, showed that supplementation was found to be negatively associated with high glucose levels.

In addition, habitual exposure to the sun also provided the same association, demonstrating that deficiencies are associated with high blood glucose levels, said the study, published in Menopause: The journal of The (NAMS).

"Although a causal relationship has not been proven, low levels of vitamin D may play a significant role in Type-2 mellitus. Vitamin D supplementation may help improve blood sugar control, but intervention studies are still needed," said JoAnn Pinkerton, at the (NAMS).

Furthermore, a previous study has also found that vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in some patients with (COPD).

For the study, the team from NAMS involved 680 women aged 35 to 74 years among which 24 (3.5 per cent) reported using vitamin D supplements.

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First Published: Wed, January 30 2019. 16:38 IST
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