effects millions of Americans and the numbers have been on the rise over the course of the last few decades. A new study performed by researchers in Boston could give health care providers a safe and affordable method of prevention for the debilitating disease though. The study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association, shows a possible connection between vitamin D supplementation and a reduced risk of developing diabetes.
Researchers recruited more than 2000 people with high blood sugar levels who were considered to be high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The participants were followed for a period of approximately three years and vitamin D levels were tested at the outset, six month mark then once per year until the study’s completion.
Researchers noted that those participants with the highest vitamin D levels were at a reduced risk for developing this debilitating disease . For every 5 nanogram increase in vitamin D levels a participant’s risk of developing the deadly disease decreased by about eight percent. Participants with the highest vitamin D levels were nearly 40% less likely to develop the disease than those with the lowest vitamin D levels.
The results of this study don’t conclusively prove that supplementing with vitamin D could prevent type 2 diabetes. If broader and more involved studies can replicate these researchers’ findings health care providers could gain a whole new approach to preventing this potentially deadly disease though.