25th February 2015
People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to contract diabetes, a new study has suggested.
Research from the Edocrine Society’s journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to be obese and are more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, prediaebtes and metabolic syndrome than those with regular vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is one of the key nutrients that helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone and muscle health, with the skin naturally producing this vitamin following exposure to sunlight.
The nutrient can also be absorbed through foods including milk that is fortified with vitamin D.
Mercedes Clemente-Postigo, MSc, of Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga (IBIMA) at Complejo Hospitalario de Málaga (Virgen de la Victoria) and Universidad de Málaga in Malaga, Spain, said: “The major strength of this study is that it compares vitamin D levels in people at a wide range of weights (from lean to morbidly obese subjects) while taking whether they had diabetes into account.”
Over one billion people across the world are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D as a result of limited sunshine exposure.