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Vitamin D prevents clogged arteries in people with diabetes

 

It is well known that Vitamin D is important for our health. While there are a few ways of getting Vitamin D through sunshine or eating Vitamin D fortified foods, there is a question of whether people should take Vitamin D supplements.

People with diabetes often develop clogged arteries that cause heart disease. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry published the study) shows that this is due to low vitamin D.

Blood vessels are less likely to clog in people with diabetes who get adequate vitamin D. In patients with insufficient vitamin D, immune cells bind to blood vessels near the heart and trap cholesterol to block those blood vessels.

The researchers are hoping to create medications, with vitamin D, “that help prevent the deposit of cholesterol in the blood vessels.” While this is an exciting area, there is some concern about how it will be generated as well as the side affects that may be caused. After all, there has been a lot of discussion about whether as a society individuals are taking too many pills without clearly understanding the benefits and potential risks.

To be able to note the appropriate amount of vitamins, customers should speak to their doctors and here is a chart taken directly from the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health:

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D [1]
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0–12 months* 400 IU
(10 mcg)
400 IU
(10 mcg)
   
1–13 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
   
14–18 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
19–50 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
51–70 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
   
>70 years 800 IU
(20 mcg)
800 IU
(20 mcg)
   

* Adequate Intake (AI)

Researchers are consistently working on identifying nutrients that are healthy and would have a positive influence.

See this article in the Muscle Mag Fitness for a list of benefits of vitamin D3, a prohormone.

Here is a post by WebMD about Vitamin D deficiency.

Read Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health

List of  “Vitamin D Fortified Foods” by Live Strong

“Should adults be taking 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D & should there be safety or policy changes?” from Examiner

Read More from Patch.com


Gestational diabetes linked with vitamin D deficiency

The most important time for a woman to make sure she’s getting her full dose of Vitamin D is during the first trimester of her pregnancy. Studies are showing that a Vitamin D deficiency during that period is linked with a significant risk of developing gestational diabetes by the second trimester (gestational diabetes being high blood sugar that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy).

It seems that insulin resistance increases during pregnancy, with women experiencing a sizeable drop in insulin sensitivity. If added to that, the mother-to-be has dark skin and/or lacks exposure to daily sunlight, the risk of Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency increases. Studies are now underway to assess the role that Vitamin D supplementation plays in reducing gestational diabetes.

Read Full Article from Vitamin D Council

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women linked to poorer pregnancy outcomes from Daily RX


Study shows heart calcium scan predictive of diabetes-related death from cardiovascular disease

Those with Type 2 diabetes have a greater likelihood for the risk of cardiovascular disease. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) test has been used for assessments. This tests helps to assess the level of risk.

With appropriate diagnosis, patients’ lives can be saved.

The Wake Forest Baptist conducted a longitudinal study of 1,123 people with Type 2 diabetes between 34 to 86 years old were followed for an average of 7.4 years.

Read article from Eurek Alert

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