Study Will Examine Whether Vitamin D Can Prevent Diabetes in People with Prediabetes
Vitamin D is a must-have nutrient. It does so many wonderful things: It strengthens the bones, boosts immune function, lowers blood pressure, and lowers risk of heart attack, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
Now, a new study at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is studying whether vitamin D can help prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes in 2,500 prediabetics.
The researchers will give study participants 4,000 IUs of vitamin D. The standard daily dose of vitamin D is 600 to 800 IUs, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Another great way to get vitamin D? Get out in the sun! Exposure to the sun’s rays boosts production of vitamin D in the body (pretty cool, right?). But, remember, too much sun can be harmful. Aim to spend about 10-15 minutes a day in the sun.
Here at PreDiabetes Centers, we extoll the benefits of vitamin D. Supplementing with vitamin D is an essential part of prediabetes treatment!