Don’t talk to me about diabetes drugs. You don’t need them. You don’t want them. They’re linked to cancer. And they don’t work they way one super vitamin does.
This super vitamin naturally keeps your blood sugar right where it belongs. It goes straight to work on special cells in your pancreas called beta cells.
In diabetics, these cells stop working. But with plenty of this key nutrient, your beta cells stay strong and healthy. They help make you virtually immune to sugar.
In fact, a new breakthrough study found that men and women with the highest amount of this vitamin in their blood slash their risk of ever developing diabetes.
Vitamin corrects “main defect” in diabetics
Dr. Anastassios Pittas, MD, an endocrinologist at Tufts University Medical Centers, says worn-out beta cells are “the main defect in type-2 diabetes.”
But the “super vitamin” D3 may improve, even correct this main defect.
Dr. Pittas and her Tufts team recruited 92 pre-diabetic men and women to take part in their study. The volunteers were all overweight with above-normal blood sugar levels.
The researchers then divided the volunteers into four groups.
One group took 2000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) one a day for four months. The second group took 400 mg twice daily of calcium carbonate for four months. The third group took both. And the fourth group took a placebo.
After four months, the vitamin D3 group significantly improved their beta cell function. In fact, an expert estimated that beta cell function improved by 15 to 30 percent! Plus, the D3 group saw slight improvements in hemoglobin A1C, an indicator of blood-sugar levels over time.
On the other hand…
The other three groups saw no such improvements. Plus…
Folks with highest D levels 38% less likely to develop diabetes
In another phase of their studies with vitamin D, the Tufts researchers looked at 2,000 pre-diabetics. This time, they followed the pre-diabetics for three years, annually checking for vitamin D. (They checked vitamin D by measuring nanograms per milliliter or ng/mL in the blood.)
They found that for every five ng/mL increase of vitamin D, diabetes risk dropped by eight percent! Plus, patients with the highest vitamin D numbers were 38 percent less likely to develop diabetes compared to those with the lowest numbers.
Men and women in the bottom third averaged just 13 ng/mL. But men and women in the top third averaged 30 ng/mL of vitamin D. Experts consider this to be the optimal vitamin D level even for healthy adults.
Plus, these results held up even after the researchers accounted for other risk factors, such as body weight and physical activity.
Dr. Pittas hasn’t published these results yet. He just completed the research and presented it at a meeting of endocrinologists in San Diego.
Once he publishes these results, hopefully you’ll see more about vitamin D hit the mainstream press. Or maybe we’ll just keep hearing about the deadly diabetes drugs.
Either way, keep up with the D3, especially if you’re prone to blood sugar issues. Consider up to 5,000 IU per day.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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