A small study shows that taking vitamin D supplements may help diabetes

Recent research from a small study shows that taking vitamin D supplements may help to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes in those who have recently been diagnosed, or those with prediabetes.

Researchers at the Université Laval in Quebec, studied 96 participants who were either newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or at high risk of developing the disease. Half were randomly assigned to receive a high dose of vitamin D3 (5000iu) once a day for six months, while the other half were assigned to receive a daily placebo.

The researchers measured markers of insulin function and glucose metabolism before and after the six months. It was found that taking vitamin D supplements appeared to significantly improve the action of insulin in the muscle tissue of participants after six months.

It is emphasized that further research is needed to confirm and understand the findings. The findings have been published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

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