Exploring the effects of Vitamin D3 on diabetes
Curious about the relationship between vitamin D3 supplements and type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes affects how your body uses glucose, a sugar that acts as your body’s main source of fuel. Normally, during digestion, the pancreas creates insulin, which transports glucose from your blood to your cells. People with diabetes either don’t make insulin, or their insulin doesn’t work. This causes their blood sugar level to get higher, which can result in severe medical issues.
Recently, researchers conducted a study exploring whether vitamin D3 supplements could improve insulin production among people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who are at high risk for developing the disease. The study found that that the vitamin increased insulin sensitivity among those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes. The study’s participants, people who were at risk of or newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, were given 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily over 6 months.
However, past studies have had mixed findings on vitamin D3’s impact on diabetes. Before you start taking high doses of vitamin D3, be sure to talk to your doctor and get your levels tested first. For more on this research, check out Healthline.