If you are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have elevated triglycerides, A1c or regularly high insulin levels you are much more likely to develop diabetes than others. Diabetes is a very health damaging disease (even when managed with medications) which compromises all tissues and systems of the body. Not only is diabetes a severe health challenge but very pervasive in the US where 52% of the population suffers from diabetes or prediabetes. It is now known that a low sugar, carbohydrate diet, balanced hormones, exercise, specific nutrients and life style changes are important to reversing, managing or preventing Diabetes Type 2.
A New Study on Diabetes Prevention and Resolution
Nevertheless, a new study has indicated how critical one vitamin (vitamin D3) is to manage, prevent or even reverse Diabetes Type 2. This study followed more than 900 people who did not have diabetes or prediabetes for 9 years. The average age of the group was 74 years and was representative of the general population. Over the 9 years vitamin D blood levels were measured against the development of diabetes and prediabetes.
In the 9 years of the study 47 people developed diabetes and more than 330 developed prediabetes. When compared to their vitamin D levels there was a direct correlation between vitamin D blood levels and the development of diabetes and prediabetes. The normal, healthy vitamin D blood levels are 30-100 ng/ml. Those with levels less than 30 ng/ml had a 70% greater chance of developing diabetes / prediabetes than those with vitamin D levels 30-49 ng/ml and those with vitamin D levels greater than 50 ng/ml were 80% less likely to develop diabetes or prediabetes. The study also showed that for every increase of 10 ng/ml of vitamin D level there was a decrease chance of 30% for getting diabetes or prediabetes.
Vitamin D3 Supplementation
The average person can bring their vitamin D blood levels to diabetes preventing levels with 50,000 units of vitamin D supplementation per week. To monitor your specific levels it is wise to continue to measure blood levels of vitamin D until they come to a healthy level now recognized at 50 ng/ml.
As a side note taking vitamin D3 with vitamin K2 has definitively been shown to reduce the chance of developing Cardiovascular Disease (heart disease, strokes and hypertension or high blood pressure).
The level of blood Vitamin D can be maintained at a healthy level with 3000-5000 International Units (IU) per day. If moderate sun exposure (10-15 minutes per day) is in your daily activities less vitamin D supplementation may be required. Nevertheless, ultimate blood levels of greater than 30 ng/ml should be maintained to prevent diabetes or prediabetes. Monitor this blood level with regular blood levels especially when dealing with diabetes.
In my opinion when such a devastating and prevalent illness can be easily prevented with a simple Vitamin (D3) which also possesses many other immune restoring properties, that vitamin should be on everyone’s daily consumption protocol. Vitamin D3 consumption should be a greater urgency if you have the diabetes predisposing factors mentioned earlier (overweight, family history, high insulin levels, high triglycerides and A1c).
This study illustrates one of the easiest ways to become optimally healthy. Vitamin D3 should be on everyone’s daily supplement list.
Always Remember to Enjoy the Journey,
Vital100 Wellness Team