Washington: Adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may halve the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes, according to a new research.The findings by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) could lead to a role for vitamin D supplementation in preventing this serious auto-immune disease in adults, when the immune system starts damaging tissues."It is surprising that a serious disease such as type 1 diabetes could perhaps be prevented by a simple and safe intervention," said Kassandra Munger, research associate at HSPH, who led the study, the American Journal of Epidemiology reports.In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and permanently disables the insulin-making cells in the pancreas. About five percent of the estimated 25.8 million people in the US suffer from this condition, according to the American Diabetes Association.
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