New York: Vitamin D supplements reduced risk factors for type 2 diabetes by improving the function of insulin-producing cells in pre-diabetic volunteers, a new study has found."The results...suggest that vitamin D supplementation may help to improve the main defect in type 2 diabetes," co-author Dr. Anastassios Pittas, an endocrinologist at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston, said.Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, affects millions of Americans. The condition is characterized by high blood-sugar levels resulting from the body`s poor response to insulin, a chemical that removes sugar from the bloodstream and stores it in the liver and muscles. Insulin is made by beta cells in the pancreas.
"These findings are interesting but preliminary," cautioned Dr. Susan Kirkman of the American Diabetes Association."Vitamin D may have a role in delaying the progression to clinical diabetes in adults at high risk of Type 2 diabetes," wrote the authors of the new study, but they agree that role has not been adequately demonstrated."At this point, I would not recommend vitamin D based on the results of our study for prevention of diabetes," Pittas said. However, with larger and longer studies of vitamin D`s connection to diabetes currently underway, he said, a more definitive answer could be forthcoming.Bureau Report
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