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Type 2 diabetes mellitus can be prevented with vitamin D
In a new study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that if a person is able to maintain the high level of vitamin D in the blood then it may help him/her prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus. Though, the study not really has proven the fact. The study didn’t prove the fact that the higher serum levels of the vitamin D could prevent the disease instead it simply finds that the higher serum of vitamin D are related to the reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, it shows the possibility that the low vitamin D is the cause of the disease. S Lim from Seoul National University College of Medicine and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in Seongnam, Korea, along with the colleagues conducted a study and found that men and women who had vitamin insufficiency are twice at a risk of getting the disease as compared to those who had vitamin sufficiency. The risk of type 2 diabetes is more than triple in those who had lower than 10ng/mL of vitamin D as compared to those who had greater than 20ng/mL of serum vitamin D. These two associations were established only after the adjustments for a range of known risk factors as in age, gender, lifestyles, blood pressure, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, parathyroid, season variations, hormone and family history of diabetes. Even though, the study didn’t able to prove that the deficiency of vitamin D is the cause of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, it is always advised to take the proper diet in order to maintain the level of vitamin in the body. Vitamin D is known to be as an important for bones. Also, in other research it was shown that the deficiency of vitamin D can cause several other health problems like cancer, hypertension, infections, heart attacks, depression, and others. Vitamin D is produced after the body is exposed to the sun. It is believed that the exposure to the sun for 15 to 20 minutes during the hottest day can be enough. The current daily requirement of the vitamin D is 600 IU per day but most of the people are in a way below of what they need. Vitamin D Council- a non-profit organization, recommends that a person should take 4000 to 5000 IU of vitamin D in order to prevent oneself from the varieties of diseases.