If you’re diabetic, you know the routine.
You keep track of your blood sugar numbers. Plus, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure to avoid heart complications.
But there’s one number you’ve likely never thought to check on. And that’s your vitamin D level.
But according to researchers, that could be a DEADLY mistake. Because it turns out vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked to diabetes-related deaths.
The HUGE study involved over 78,500 patients whose vitamin D levels were checked and then who were followed for up to 20 years.
More on that new study in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the dangers of vitamin D deficiency.
Avoid the fast lane to an early grave
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a connection between vitamin D deficiency and death, of course. And low levels of the vitamin are risky no matter if you’re diabetic or not.
For example, earlier this year, I wrote to you about research that revealed folks with heart disease should keep a close eye on their D too.
In fact, according to that study, getting enough D could slash your risk of dying from the disease by 30 percent.
Vitamin D deficiency is also associated with breast, colon, and prostate cancers. As well as Alzheimer’s disease.
And the new study confirmed… once again…. that LOW D levels are indeed dangerous.
If your number drops below 50 nmol/L, you’re considered deficient. And folks included in the study with D levels of 10 or less had a 2 to 3-fold increase in their risk for dying during the study.
While on the other hand, folks with HIGH levels of D, 90 nmol/L or above had a 30 to 40 percent reduction in their risk of dying from ANY cause.
Vitamin D deficiency linked to diabetes deaths
But it wasn’t until the researchers dove deeper into the numbers that a surprising link was revealed.
Vitamin D deficiency appeared to send the risk of dying from diabetes in particular SOARING.
Folks whose D levels were below 50 nmol/L had a stunning 4.4 higher risk of dying from the disease than those who had a number above 50.
The researchers didn’t see as strong a link between D levels and mortality risk in folks over 75.
But there’s plenty of research already showing the importance of maintaining our D levels as we age. As well as studies showing that seniors are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency.
Which means whether your diabetic or not your vitamin D level deserves your attention. Ask your doctor about checking yours at your next visit.
And should you need to raise your number, a combination of diet and a supplement should do the trick.
Foods rich in vitamin D include…
- wild-caught fatty fish
Also, be sure to eat plenty of magnesium-rich foods such as leafy greens, nuts, and avocados to make sure your body absorbs and metabolizes the D.
And don’t forget to ask your doc about taking a vitamin D3 supplement to avoid vitamin D deficiency too.