Study debunks link between low vitamin D and type 2

While previous research has linked low levels of vitamin D to the onset of type 2 diabetes, new research finds no evidence that high levels of vitamin D prevent the disease. British researchers went looking for genetic proof of the connection, and found that even when there were variants of the genes that control levels of vitamin D in the blood, there was no connection

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Vitamin D Deficiency Raises Risk of Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Studies find people with schizophrenia are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is needed for bone and muscle

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Study to See If Vitamin D Can Prevent Type 2

The National Institutes of Health is investing millions of dollars in new research to determine if vitamin D supplements play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. More than 20 health centers across the United States will participate in the study, which will include 2,500 volunteers with pre-diabetes, or blood glucose levels that are higher than normal. “This study aims to definitively answer the question:

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Type 1 Onset Linked to Low Vitamin D?

A report in the December issue of the journal Diabetologia says that a study of 1,000 active-duty military personnel who later developed type 1 diabetes showed that low levels of vitamin D significantly increased the chances of developing the disease. Researchers at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego matched blood samples that had been drawn from the

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Yogurt Drink Tamps Down Type 2 Inflammation

Iranian scientists report that a traditional Middle Eastern yogurt drink, doogh, when fortified with vitamin D, decreases the markers that indicate inflammation in persons with type 2 diabetes. The fortified drink decreases levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin proteins, which are common inflammatory markers. Drinkers consuming the fortified doogh were found to have significantly higher levels of the hormone adiponectin, which is a known anti-inflammatory.

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Study Shows Vitamin D Wards Off Stroke

Everyone needs vitamin D to be healthy and maintain strong bones, but a new study has found that it may also protect against stroke. In the study, 21,000 people aged 45 and older answered a food questionnaire. According to the findings, presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, there was an 11 percent reduction in stroke among those who consumed the most vitamin

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