Vitamin D, Sunbathing, and Type 2 Diabetes

This is according to a study published in the October edition of the scientific journal Diabetes Care.

According to the scientists and researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, people with a good vitamin D supply are at lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus. A possible reason for this is the anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin D.

This is also supported by another study conducted in the United Statesand published in Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics which states that “Low serum vitamin D inUS adolescents is strongly associated with hypertension, hyperglycemia, and metabolic syndrome, independent of adiposity”.

What’s the best source of Vitamin D? Sunlight helps the human body produce vitamin D. This holds true as long as the body has sufficient exposure to sunlight. This means that a regular dose of healthy sunlight is recommended. Note: Enough sunlight means a healthy dose – not tanning, excessive, or over exposure to sun. Too much sun exposure causes skin cancer, a very deadly condition, way deadly and worst than diabetes! So be careful and be warned!

So How Much Sunlight Is Sufficient? According to the New England Journal of Medicine, “sensible sun exposure” simply means getting enough to get some vitamin D, but no so much that one gets sunburn or raises his risk of skin cancer. How much or how long the sun bathing depends on a lot of things such as latitude and season. Generally though, sunbathing early in the morning is ideal because the sun is not very hot.

What If One Lives in A Place with Less Sunlight? Vitamin D supply in the body can also be improved by eating specific foods, such as oily fish, eggs and milk products, or by taking vitamin D supplements.

What’s the Normal Vitamin D Requirement?  The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 200 IU of vitamin D for children and adults up to 50 years of age. For adults 51 years old to 70 years old, the daily requirement is 400 IU. For people without adequate sun exposure, medical experts recommends approximately 800 to 1000 IU per day for children and adults.











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